Chris Leeson

Talking native species

Native species specialists from animal attractions across the country met at Dudley Zoo to discuss their work with wildlife. A total of 12 delegates, including two officers from The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), attended the meeting of the Native Species Steering Group which was hosted by our very own Conservation Continue reading Talking native species

Itching to get twitching!

Keepers at Dudley Zoo are itching to get twitching – as we prepare to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Part-time keeper Emma Dingley (pictured) and our Conservation Officer Chris Leeson will spend an hour monitoring wild birds in a section of our 40-acre site as part of the world’s largest garden wildlife Continue reading Itching to get twitching!

Conservation donation

Dudley Zoo has pledged to donate £12,000 to help protect three highly endangered and obscure species. We’re looking to support projects to conserve the Tasmanian devil, the helmeted hornbill and the pangolin – but which programme gets most of the money is up to you! Throughout 2019, all visitors adding the ten per cent voluntary Continue reading Conservation donation

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!