Benji

Art ape-reciation!

Dudley Zoo’s orangs showed some real ape-reciation for art when they came face-to-face with their images on a stunning canvas. Orangutans – one of only a few species able to recognise their own image – gave the artwork a definite thumbs up when their keeper showed them one of the zoo’s limited edition prints. The Continue reading Art ape-reciation!

Crazy for Kubwa

When it comes to people’s favourites at Dudley Zoo, majestic male giraffe Kubwa is right up there! The 18ft-tall creature received the most adoptions last year – with 64 giraffe lovers taking out a year-long adoption pack for the handsome 18-year-old. Popular penguin Dippy was also in demand in 2018, with 49 people picking him Continue reading Crazy for Kubwa

Exclusive ape art goes on sale

The wraps are off – today we’re thrilled to reveal the stunning ape artwork being sold in aid of our £800,000 orang enclosure appeal. Just 100 signed limited edition canvasses of our Bornean orangutans Benji, Jorong, Jazz and Sprout have been produced exclusively for DZG from an original drawing donated by award-winning artist David Skidmore. Continue reading Exclusive ape art goes on sale

Artist aiding orangs

A generous artist is creating limited edition canvasses of DZG’s four orangs to raise funds for our £800,000 outdoor enclosure appeal. And we’re pretty sure orang fans will go ape for the exclusive artwork being donated by David Skidmore, which will be a graphite pencil-drawn montage of Benji, Jorong, Jazz and Sprout. David, from Bromsgrove, Continue reading Artist aiding orangs

Hang out with our orangs

Can you hang like an orang? That’s just one of the fun games we have in store this weekend as we gear up for International Orangutan Day. We’ll be highlighting the threats critically endangered Bornean orangs face in the wild and raising funds for a conservation charity and our own appeal to build a new Continue reading Hang out with our orangs

Benji's 40!

We’re wishing our oldest and much-loved Bornean orangutan, Benji, a very happy 40th birthday today! Keepers surprised the birthday boy with a piñata for his big day, which he discovered hanging from his outdoor climbing frame this morning, filled with tasty treats to enjoy. He’s had a busy weekend celebrating his milestone with hundreds of visitors, Continue reading Benji’s 40!

Benji's big birthday bash!

We’re celebrating the 40th birthday of one of DZG’s most iconic animals, our Bornean orangutan, Benji and we’re throwing a big birthday bash in his honour! Join us this weekend, ahead of his birthday on Monday (Nov 6) as we hold a two-day fundraiser in aid of our £800,000 orangutan enclosure appeal. Visitors can take Continue reading Benji’s big birthday bash!

Birthday boy, Benji!

No birthday is complete without cake and birthday boy, Benji, wasn’t disappointed with his this morning! Our oldest Bornean orangutan turns 39 today and keepers appeared with a tasty treat first thing this morning, packed full of fruit, veg and primate pellets. Section Leader, Pat Stevens, said: “Benji is one of our real characters at Continue reading Birthday boy, Benji!