DZG gardeners have been busy clearing truckloads of leaves from paths, steps and banks across our 40-acre site. The team has used leaf blowers to gather leaves which then get collected up and either recycled into compost or some dry leaves get stored for our animals. Head Gardener Carl Stevens said: “Leaf clearing is our … Continue reading Leaf it to us!
An Oldbury man is on a high after his girlfriend agreed to marry him during a romantic proposal in front of Dudley Zoo’s giraffes. Our giraffes Kubwa and Josie witnessed the moment Ben Robson got down on one knee and popped the question to 20-year-old Tiff Cox, exactly a year to the day since they … Continue reading On a high after proposal!
Giraffe keepers have filmed our long-legged duo from new heights after attaching a camera to their feeding winch. The fascinating footage shows DZG’s two gracious giraffes, 17-year-old Kubwa and nine-year-old female Josie, feasting on every last leaf from a huge branch hung up high in their paddock. Keeper Josh Luxton said: “This is the first … Continue reading Giraffes from new heights
When Keeper Josh Luxton attached a camera to a target training stick he didn’t expect our giraffes to come right in for a close up. Inquisitive duo Kubwa and Josie kept reaching for the mini camera with their tongues – which gave Josh chance to make a quick health check and a great video too! … Continue reading Ready for our close-ups!
Birthday girl Ruby Holloway definitely dressed the part when she came to DZG to feed her adopted giraffe, Kubwa. The eight-year-old Huntingtree Primary School pupil from Halesowen wore a black hoodie with ‘Kubwa’ printed on the sleeve and a pink t-shirt with his photo on. Both garments said ‘Kubwa’s Adopted Mommy 2018’ as the giraffe-mad … Continue reading Kubwa clothing!
Birthday boy, Kito, has been having a ball with new enrichment, following a £100 donation from a DZG supporter. Staff used the generous gift to purchase a new Bizzy Bites boredom breaker – an enrichment toy typically used for horses, but which is also perfect for our giraffe trio and Kito, who is four today, soon … Continue reading Birthday boy is kept bizzy!
DZG’s three giraffes are keeping their feet neat following a fresh delivery of gravel. Keepers have spread 40 tonnes of gravel across the 40-acre site, adding it into the giraffe and reindeer paddock as well as down on the farm. But the loose chippings have an important use for our long-legged ungulates as it helps … Continue reading Gravel keeps feet neat!
It’s Christmas Eve and many of our exotic species have their stockings hanging ready for tonight’s VIP visit from the man in red. Santa will be leaving his Winter Wonderland grotto in our 11th century castle this afternoon, so he has time to harness our reindeer and fill his sleigh with gifts, before setting off … Continue reading All ready for tomorrow!
Trainee Keeper Ellis Robinson is putting our three giraffes through their paces during target training. Working with Kubwa, Josie and Kito, Ellis, alongside Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, are getting the giraffes to touch a wooden target stick with their nose and hold for at least five seconds. And each giraffe has a different coloured target … Continue reading Giraffes put through paces
We’re wishing a very happy eighth birthday to Josie the giraffe. Our long-legged lovely was delivered a delicious bouquet from keeper Holly Clayton-Wright, first thing this morning consisting of her some of her favourite foliage! Staff make sure Josie, Kubwa and Kito are still able to tuck into leafy treats throughout autumn and winter by storing branches … Continue reading Eight today!