Curator Richard Brown represented DZG at the EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Annual Conference in Belfast. Richard joined zoo delegates from across Europe at the four-day event at the city’s Waterfront Hall, which saw a packed programme of events which included TAG (Taxon Advisory Group) meetings, committee sessions and workshops. During the conference, … Continue reading Richard attends EAZA meet
DZG keepers are hoping to enhance our reptile enclosures by appealing for artificial plants. Not only does the fake greenery look good for visitors, but they also provide enrichment for the likes of our snakes, lizards, iguanas, dragons and geckos by giving them additional places to explore. Assistant Curator, Jay Haywood, pictured above with Jane … Continue reading Help enhance our enclosures
DZG’s Amy Paddock has just completed her first season as a full-time Trainee Zoo Keeper and is loving every second! The 23 year-old, who’s a familiar face on site secured her dream job in July following years of hard work and determination! Amy, from Walsall, said: “I love working here with the people and animals. … Continue reading Amy’s full-time job!
Our amazing Asiatic black bear, Inca, has flown through yet another annual health check! The incredible 36 year-old, who’s officially the oldest black bear in Europe, underwent her yearly medical with zoo vets Peter and Elizabeth Stewart, which revealed she’s doing better than ever! Inca, who was sedated in her den for the 40-minute check-up … Continue reading Our amazing Asiatic black bear!
Love could be in the air in the sealion pool after keepers introduced Oba to our three girls! And the 16 year-old Patagonian heavyweight took an instant liking to 19 year-old Tania, who soon puckered up for a kiss! Keeper Adam Wrench, said: “We started the introduction yesterday, which went very well and today’s meeting … Continue reading Introduction goes swimmingly!
Insects at DZG are benefitting from hundreds of bamboo canes seized from cannabis factories across the West Midlands. West Midlands Police’s Cannabis Disposal Team spotted our plea for garden canes to build more bug houses across the 40-acre site and generously donated two huge bundles, which will soon be turned into new homes for our … Continue reading From drug house to bug house!
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!
DZG’s Nicola Wright has another achievement under her belt after passing her health and safety qualification with flying colours! Nicola was the only one in her group to pass the NEBOSH (The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. Nicola said: “It was a two-week course … Continue reading Passed with flying colours!
We’re thrilled to welcome a new female snow leopard to DZG. One year-old Taïga arrived overnight from Beauval ZooParc in France to pair with our resident male, Margaash. Taïga, whose name is a Russian word meaning boreal forest or snow forest, will be kept off-show for the next few days and will slowly be introduced to six … Continue reading Taïga arrives at DZG
We’ve installed the first digital signs at DZG allowing visitors to keep up-to-date with all the latest ZooNooz, events and offers. Three screens have been installed on site – two in the shop and one on the outside of the flamingo house. DZG Graphic Designer, Rachel Lane, who has worked on the screens alongside the … Continue reading DZG goes digital!