Humboldt penguins

P.p.popping the question!

Seventy four penguins witnessed a poolside proposal when Grant Lucas p.p.popped the question to his true love, Hayleigh Valentine. Grant, from Raunds in Northamptonshire, went down on one knee to ask Hayleigh to marry him in front of the huddle of Humboldts at Dudley Zoo – and we’re delighted to report she said yes! The 27-year-old Continue reading P.p.popping the question!

Familiar faces on film

Look out for a couple of familiar faces on tonight’s episode of the Channel 4 documentary series The Secret Life of the Zoo! DZG Curator Richard Brown and Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden have a small starring role in the programme, on at 8pm, which looks at life behind the scenes at Chester Zoo. The Continue reading Familiar faces on film

Humboldt headcount

Bird keepers are p-p-pleased to reveal we’ve got 74 Humboldt penguins – including seven babies – after their September stock-take. Each September, once the breeding and moulting season is over, we take time to check over and count each bird in the colony, identify them by their flipper bands and scan their microchips. The seven Continue reading Humboldt headcount

Babies spring up

Dudley Zoo is celebrating a bundle of spring babies including a capuchin, a black lemur, a Barbary sheep and two bats. The latest additions to our 1,600-strong collection have all been born within the last 10 days, with the Barbary sheep birth being witnessed by visitors just two days ago. The baby boom kicked off Continue reading Babies spring up

Penguins move in!

We’ve installed our newly built nesting boxes into Penguin Bay and they’ve already got occupants! The boxes were built by members of the Senior Citizens Enterprise Woodwork Group, based at Meadow Road Youth Centre in Dudley, alongside bird tables and bat boxes and have saved us hundreds of pounds. Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: Continue reading Penguins move in!