A mouth-watering melon was the perfect present for our Brazilian tapir mum Meena as she turned sweet sixteen today. The birthday girl devoured the sweet treat with a little help from her 16-year-old partner Chico, who nuzzled in to share the gift when Meena had got about half way through. Keeper Josh Luxton said: “Meena … Continue reading Sweet sixteen
All eyes will be on Dudley Zoo’s stunning snow leopard Taïga as she turns three today. The gorgeous female, whose name is a Russian word meaning boreal forest or snow forest, came to us a year and a half ago from Beauval ZooParc in France to pair with our resident male, Margaash. Senior Keeper Sam Grove said: … Continue reading Taïga turns three
Our snow leopard Margaash couldn’t wait to sink his teeth into birthday treats at his newly-extended enclosure. The handsome male is eight today and loves nothing more than exploring the extensive enclosure he shares with Taïga and playing with scratching posts. This stunning shot of the birthday boy was taken by our Customer Services Team Member, … Continue reading Grrreat to be eight!
Our lovely lioness Asha is celebrating her last year as a tweenager, as she turned 12 today. Well-wishers are expected to visit the birthday girl throughout the day at the one-acre Lion Ridge paddock she shares with her older sister Kyra. Senior Big Cat Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “We do like to make an extra … Continue reading Asha’s big day
A former Dudley Zoo keeper who hand-reared our oldest penguin Pingu has sent an adorable snap – just in time for the bird’s 27th birthday today. Ex-employee Lee Butler forwarded a photo of a press cutting from 1991 when he was in the penguin pool with baby Pingu. The popular penguin – one of the … Continue reading It’s your day Pingu!
DZG’s lovely lioness Kyra enjoyed a wonderfully lazy morning as she turned 12 today. The birthday girl was given extra treats by big cat keepers who were expecting plenty of visitors to wish her well as they stop by the one-acre Lion Ridge paddock she shares with her younger sister Asha. Senior Big Cat Keeper, … Continue reading Kyra turns twelve
It certainly was a Good Friday for DZG’s adorable Bornean orang Sprout who turned seven today. Upper Primates keepers delivered piles of pressies to our excited little one who immediately started unwrapping the paper to get to the goodies inside. Section Leader Pat Stevens said: “We filled boxes with straw and added seeds, apples and … Continue reading Sprout’s Good Friday!
A birthday curry was the order of the day as our handsome Sumatran tiger Joao turned six. Keepers spiced up the big cat’s birthday breakfast by stuffing straw and his favourite Indian curry powder into a bunny-shaped sack – and he lapped it up. The spice and a bottle of scent was given to the … Continue reading Birthday balti
Keepers broke out the bubbles today to celebrate Barbie’s 40th birthday down in our chimp enclosure. The third oldest of DZG’s seven chimpanzees was treated to some birthday bubbles and banana – and both went down a treat. Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden said: “As it was Barbie’s special birthday we decided to get out … Continue reading Bubbles for Barbie!
Birthday boy, Kito, has been having a ball with new enrichment, following a £100 donation from a DZG supporter. Staff used the generous gift to purchase a new Bizzy Bites boredom breaker – an enrichment toy typically used for horses, but which is also perfect for our giraffe trio and Kito, who is four today, soon … Continue reading Birthday boy is kept bizzy!