conservation

Plastics pledge

DZG has vowed to fight plastic waste and back a UK campaign to highlight the damage it wreaks on our oceans and wider environment. We’re supporting efforts from the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) to get its members and their visitors to reduce levels of plastic being used on site. Already our Continue reading Plastics pledge

Talking rubbish!

New colour-coded recycling bins have gone out around the zoo to encourage visitors to help us separate out waste and become even greener. DZG already avoids 86 per cent of waste going to landfill through recycling – even our animal waste is composted down into fertilizer – but we want to do more. So far Continue reading Talking rubbish!

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

Students in focus

It was far from a snap decision when DZG Assistant Curator Jay Haywood picked the winners in a college photography competition. Judge Jay had the difficult task of choosing two winners and two-runners up from more than 100 entries submitted by 25 Dudley College of Technology students in the competition to create a striking conservation Continue reading Students in focus

Hanging out with bats

After hanging out with bat conservationists, we’ve discovered up to nine species are roosting in off-show caverns at DZG. Our Conservation Officer Chris Leeson has been working with members of The Birmingham and Black Country Bat Group, known as Brumbats, in Big Ben cavern (at the back of DZG’s birds section) to monitor our wild Continue reading Hanging out with bats

Money for macaques

We’re sending more than £250 to a project helping to protect macaques in Indonesia, thanks to generous DZG visitors. The terrific total of £257.40 was raised during International Macaque Week when primate keepers held an awareness event throughout the last Bank Holiday weekend. An information stand was set up in the Castle Courtyard and keepers were on hand Continue reading Money for macaques

Cracking job Chris!

DZG’s Chris Leeson has clinched our employee of the month title for his animal campaign work and helping run our stores. The 26-year-old Conservation Officer, who has been at the zoo for four years, was nominated by several members of the management team and a keeper on our birds section. As well as raising awareness Continue reading Cracking job Chris!

It’s all about macaques

It’s International Macaque Week and DZG is raising awareness and funds for critically endangered cousins of our six macaques. Hot on the heels of International Macaque Day in March, this time there’s a whole week to celebrate the species and help promote the amazing work of Selamatkan Yaki – a project working with Sulawesi crested Continue reading It’s all about macaques