enrichment

Wheely generous gesture!

It was wheely generous of the garage owners at the centre of Channel 4’s Car SOS to give us dozens of spare tyres. The 24 used tyres were offered to DZG by Keeper Harley Hunt’s mechanic dad Tony Hunt, who works at Fuzz and Tim’s SOS Workshop in Oldbury, for use with our animals. Workshop Continue reading Wheely generous gesture!

A sweet-smelling sample!

Our big cats have gone crazy for an exclusive perfume which contains some wholly natural ingredients – wee and poo to be precise! The luxury artisan fragrance for men and women, which retails at £128 for a 50ml bottle, contains fossilised excrement and urine from the Cape hyrax – a small, fluffy mammal from Africa. Continue reading A sweet-smelling sample!

Birthday boxes

Giant anteater Romy had to box clever today to find her birthday surprises stashed inside cardboard boxes. Keeper Josh Luxton stuffed empty boxes with scrunched up newspaper, dried mealworms and bottles of yogurt as a treat for Romy on her third birthday. She was first to approach the boxes and then our one-year-old male, Bubbles, Continue reading Birthday boxes

Paper playtime

A Burntwood-based business has kindly come up with a paper shredding solution to produce piles of fun for our animals. HSM UK has generously donated an impressive shredder to trim newspapers and office waste paper from our Discovery Centre into fine strips which Dudley Zoo’s rats, tenrecs, ferrets and lorikeets will love. Our fancy rats and Continue reading Paper playtime

Piggin’ out

Our six micro pigs had a cracking time when keepers laid on a post-Easter egg hunt for them. Staff down on the Farm at Dudley Zoo kept their empty Easter egg boxes to fill with a fruity feast for the hungry hogs. Senior Keeper Lesley Lewis said: “We filled the boxes with hay, apple and Continue reading Piggin’ out

Fire hose fun

Keepers got to grips with fire hose to produce a heart-shaped enrichment device for our animals. The seven staff gave up their own time to attend a workshop led by our Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden in which they weaved old fire service hose into shapes which can be used to hold treats and browse. Continue reading Fire hose fun

Romy’s regime

Romy, our adorable giant anteater, has been given her own weekly workout to keep her occupied through the night. Keeper Josh Luxton has devised a timetable of interesting exercises for two-year-old Romy so she is kept active and stimulated as she searches for treats in her indoor area. It features a puzzle maze feeder on Continue reading Romy’s regime