enrichment

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

Snow much fun!

Heavy snowfall brought snow much fun for some DZG animals – including our lionesses who demolished a snowman in seconds. Our Asiatic lionesses Kyra and Asha had a ball knocking the head off a snowman which Big Cat Keeper Josh Luxton built to provide some exciting playtime for the pair. Other snow lovers were our Continue reading Snow much fun!

Perfumes put to grrreat use!

Perfumes have poured in following our plea for unwanted scents to give our big cats some sweet-smelling playtime. More than 150 bottles of aftershave and perfume have been passed on to keepers who have already put the scents to grrreat use with our Sumatran tigers Daseep and Joao. Scents were squirted on to climbing frames Continue reading Perfumes put to grrreat use!

Tree-mendous fun!

Festive firs from our Winter Wonderland Santa’s grotto are proving to be tree-mendous fun for DZG’s animals. None of the 44 Christmas trees used to decorate the 11th century castle courtyard throughout December are going to waste as they’re now being used for New Year enrichment. The likes of our Carpathian lynx, meerkats, lions, tigers, Continue reading Tree-mendous fun!

Enclosure spruce up!

As we begin disassembling the decorations for another year, we’re appealing for donations of POTTED Christmas trees to help spruce up some of our enclosures. Any unwanted rooted festive firs can be re-planted straight into the ground of our animal exhibits, including our new £100,000 extended snow leopard enclosure, which is set to complete by Continue reading Enclosure spruce up!

As the recent snow fell outside, our giant anteater, Romy, was kept entertained indoors with a host of rotten logs which provided her with a host of exciting bug-finding opportunities. The two-year-old loves a good root through the soil in her front den in her search for hidden natural treats, so keepers added bucket loads Continue reading Rotten logs for Romy

Play Santa to our species

Visitors can play Santa to our animals and help us deliver surprise gifts to some of the world’s most endangered species. We’ve updated our online Amazon wishlist, which gives supporters the chance to help us enrich the lives of their favourite DZG animal this Christmas. The list contains a variety of fun and practical items Continue reading Play Santa to our species