DZG has put out a plea for spare sheets and leftover linen to provide hours of entertainment for our playful primates. The four Bornean orangs and our seven female chimps love making costumes and playing games with sheets, duvet covers, pillow cases and towels – but our stocks are running desperately low. Head of Upper … Continue reading Spare any sheets?
Keen gardener Laura Hamilton and her mum Pat have bean extremely kind by donating piles of homegrown runner beans for DZG’s chimps. The pair produced the bumper crop on their allotment in Northfield, Birmingham, and donated their surplus supplies to our all- female group of primates. Laura said: “When we realised how many beans we … Continue reading You’ve both bean very kind!
Our gorgeous chimps went ape for an adorable album of baby snaps made to mark their two decades at Dudley Zoo. The seven females – Fanny and daughter Malaika, Mandy and daughter Mali, Barbie and daughters Banika and Binti – joined DZG from London Zoo exactly 20 years ago. To mark the milestone, … Continue reading Two decades at Dudley
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
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!
Keepers cooked up a warming stew for our seven chimpanzee girls during the latest cold snap. The keepers in Lower Primates boiled a pot of vegetables and then blended them together while they were still warm to make a stew which was served up as a drink in plastic bottles. Senior Keeper Jodie Dryden said: … Continue reading Hot stew on menu!
A teenager had a 13th birthday to remember, when she helped throw a spooky themed enrichment party for our chimps. Amy Wheeler and dad, Matthew Clements-Wheeler took part in the meet and greet experience and as it fell during our half-term Freak Week, they helped Section Leader, Nicola Wright decorate the chimps’ indoor den with … Continue reading Chimps’ spooky enrichment
We had a fang-tastic October half term as we welcomed more than 9,000 people on site to enjoy our Freak Week activities. And huge thanks for the talented visitors who brought a carved pumpkin for our Hallowe’en pumpkin patch competition, and enjoyed discounted admission in return for the donation. Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, pictured above … Continue reading Fang-tastic pumpkin effort!
DZG’s chimpanzee, Mali, enjoyed the extra hour in bed this morning to read her new book! With the clocks going back 60 minutes at 2am, to signal the end of British Summer Time, the 22 year-old was able to snuggle down in her cosy blanket with her colourful wildlife book for that bit longer, until keepers arrived … Continue reading Mali’s reading hour!
DZG’s seven chimpanzees have netted a new gift, thanks to the generosity of Chester Zoo. Senior Keeper Jodie Dryden returned home with a car load of military cargo lifting nets, following a visit and tour of their primate facilities. Jodie said: “The keepers told me they’d been donated a number of these large nets, worth … Continue reading Chimps net new gift!