DZG’s £295,000 anniversary revamp programme is underway with contractors getting to work on a new-look home for one of our rarest species of primate. The first stage of the site’s modernisation work includes a £20,000 rebuild of the outdoor area for the critically endangered Yellow-breasted capuchins off the Small Primate House. DZG Curator Richard Brown, … Continue reading Capuchin work underway
We’re continuing our look back at DZG across the decades as part of our 80th anniversary celebrations. Today we’re turning back the clock to the 1950’s and the opening of the Reptile House. The building was opened in May 1956 by British ornithologist and conservationist, Sir Peter Scott, who founded the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. … Continue reading Throwback Thursday
Calling all our arty young visitors – we’re challenging you to help us create a unique ‘zoovenir’ for our 80th anniversary. We’re asking youngsters aged 15 and under to get creative and design a colourful DZG-themed mug to mark our celebratory year, with the winning entry made into a limited edition mug which will be … Continue reading Create a unique ‘zoovenir’
We’ve lots going on at DZG this 80th anniversary year and there’s just four weeks left of our winter offer to discover it for yourself for free! Every full-paying person who visits us until the end of February will be given a ticket for a return visit on us, which is valid until July 31. And … Continue reading Free return continues
We’re celebrating Chinese New Year – the year of the rooster – with the help from our feathered friends down on the farm. It’s going to be an exciting year for the roosters, who are going to get a new-look home as part of a £90,000 revamp of the farmyard – set to open in … Continue reading Year of the Rooster!
We are disappointed to announce our anniversary plans to reopen the Tropical Bird House have been halted. Zoo Director Derek Grove said: “We felt this was a wonderful opportunity to bring an original Tecton building back into use during our 80th year as an all-weather indoor exhibit for small South American species. “But we’ve been … Continue reading Anniversary plans halted
DZG’s Registrar and Research Co-ordinator, Dr David Beeston, will be hitting the airwaves later this evening as a guest on Birmingham Hospital Radio. Dr Beeston will be talking about our upcoming anniversary plans, as well as taking a look back at DZG’s history over the years – and he’s the one to know, as he’s … Continue reading Dave hits the airwaves!
As part of our 80th anniversary celebrations we’re going to be dipping into our archives throughout the year and offering visitors a glimpse of DZG life across the decades. Today we’re turning the clock back to the arrival of the first sealions… Six Californian sealions arrived in 1937 and took up residence in the Tecton … Continue reading Throwback Thursday…
We’re hoping to take a trip down Memory Lane for DZG’s 80th anniversary. Ahead of our May milestone we’re appealing for visitors to send us their favourite zoo memories, photos, film footage or memorabilia which we can feature as part of our anniversary celebrations. Media and Communications Officer, Rachel Hickman, said: “DZG turning 80 is a fantastic … Continue reading Appeal for anniversary memories