Chris Leeson

Ape alliance

We’ve welcomed orang conservationist Sue Sheward MBE to Dudley Zoo to share with her our vision for a new £800,000 enclosure. Sue, from Orangutan Appeal UK, toured the current orang enclosure with Head of Upper Primates Pat Stevens and Conservation Officer Chris Leeson – who was inspired by Sue’s conservation work at the tender age of Continue reading Ape alliance

Plants from the past

Historic herbs and plants used in medieval medicines and recipes are still springing up at DZG today. The poisonous deadly nightshade plant, or belladonna, which grows behind walls of the 11th century Dudley Castle in areas not accessible to the public, had an eye-opening use for medieval women. And the Duke of Argyll’s tea plant, Continue reading Plants from the past

Bat chat

Conservation Officer Chris Leeson shared his tales of hanging out with wild bats at a conference for animal experts. Chris gave a 20-minute presentation to staff from UK animal attractions at the BIAZA (British & Irish Association of Zoo & Aquariums) annual conference and AGM on Dudley Zoo’s relationship with The Birmingham & Black Country Continue reading Bat chat

Bird watching!

We’re inviting visitors to find out more about our feathered friends as we highlight the Big Garden Birdwatch. Each year the RSPB runs the world’s biggest wildlife survey, where people up and down the country count the birds visiting their garden over a one-hour period. And we’ll be welcoming representatives on site next weekend- Saturday, Continue reading Bird watching!