Work is progressing well on our new outdoor orangutan enclosure. The large paddock to the side of the orangutan house is currently being transformed into a new space for our Bornean orangutans, Benji, Jazz and Sprout. Work so far has included clearing the entire site and dismantling the metal fencing, none of which has gone … Continue reading Orang work progressing well!
It’s International Orangutan Day and we’re raising awareness for these critically endangered great apes. Rapid habitat loss, mainly due to palm oil plantations, as well as illegal poaching and hunting is pushing the primates to the brink of extinction. Experts also claim this magnificent species could be wiped off the planet in the next … Continue reading Celebrating orangs
Our two male Bornean orangutans took part in an international research project but unfortunately our results failed miserably! We were asked by Singapore Zoo’s Wildlife Nutritionist, Francis Cabana, if we’d take part in the EAZA-endorsed project by filming our orangs eating a particular fresh evergreen leaf – congea tomentosa – which were sent directly from … Continue reading Eats shoots and leaves!
We’re saying a huge THANK YOU to kindhearted pupils at a Dudley primary school who carried out some scent-sational fundraising for our Orangutan Appeal. The crafty seven and eight year-old children in Owls class at Woodsetton School made lavender scented hearts from recycled materials, which they sold for 50p each, during a recent Recycling Day. … Continue reading Scent-sational fundraising!
We’re sending birthday greetings to our cheeky Bornean orangutan Sprout who’s eight today! The birthday girl received a sack full of tasty treats wrapped in colourful tissue paper for breakfast this morning, but keepers have plenty more fun and games in store for her throughout the day and there’s also going to be orang-friendly cake … Continue reading It’s great to be eight!
We’re halfway to achieving our £800,000 target to build a new orangutan enclosure – but still need your help! Less than two years after launching our ambitious appeal to build a separate outdoor environment for our four critically endangered Bornean orangs, we’ve hit the midway milestone reaching £412,041. Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “This is … Continue reading Halfway there!
Happy Birthday to our handsome Bornean orangutan, Jorong, who turns 24 today! And keepers were planning to include celery, the alpha male’s favourite food, on the menu as well as giving him new sheets and blankets to play with on his special day. Upper Primates Section Leader Pat Stevens said: “Jorong has been with us … Continue reading Twenty-four today!
A four-year-old girl from Walsall has picked, wrapped and delivered Christmas presents for her two favourite animals at the zoo. Harriet Beech, who has visited DZG since she was three months old with her mum Nichola Pemberton and dad Nicholas Beech, has just brought in the parcels for our youngest Bornean orang Sprout and Carpathian … Continue reading Harriet’s hand-picked gifts
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
We’re delighted to reveal our Ape Awareness Day pulled in more than £500 to help great apes in the wild and our own at Dudley Zoo. Half the £529.34 raised came from generous zoo supporters who bought key fobs of ape paintings created by four of our chimps. Visitors also took part in raffles to … Continue reading Great ape fundraiser