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Itching to get twitching!

Keepers at Dudley Zoo are itching to get twitching – as we prepare to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Part-time keeper Emma Dingley (pictured) and our Conservation Officer Chris Leeson will spend an hour monitoring wild birds in a section of our 40-acre site as part of the world’s largest garden wildlife Continue reading Itching to get twitching!

Delivering Christmas

Keepers on Christmas Day duty have stacks of fun with our animals as they deliver piles of festive food parcels around the site. Staff across all sections spent Christmas Eve gift wrapping boxes full of food, ready for the 1,600-strong animal collection to open today. Senior Keepers Sam Grove and Jodie Dryden were two of Continue reading Delivering Christmas

Present time for chimps

Our seven chimps are being spoilt rotten this festive season as one of their biggest fans has delivered Christmas Eve parcels for them all. Grandmother Wendy Gray, from Coseley, made up the seven gift bags of goodies – one for each of our gorgeous girls Fanny, Malaika, Mandy, Mali, Barbie, Banika and Binti – and Continue reading Present time for chimps

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

Macaque matters

Dudley Zoo was delighted to welcome 50 primate keepers from across Europe for the first ever macaque species workshop. The successful BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Macaque Workshop was led by our Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden with the help of her Lower Primate colleagues. Jodie, also Co-Chair of the BIAZA Continue reading Macaque matters

Chimps on telly

DZG chimps and Senior Keeper Jodie Dryden made an early morning TV appearance today in a programme for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. They featured in the BBC TWO programme See Hear at 8am showing how Dudley Zoo’s primate keepers communicate with our seven chimps through hand signals. See Hear Researcher Melissa Wessel contacted us to Continue reading Chimps on telly

Round-the-clock radio

DZG keepers make sure all animals are happy in their environment and for our naked mole rats that means having the radio on non-stop! Behind the scenes of the weird and wonderful East African creatures’ specially-built burrow, the radio is left playing around the clock as the cold-blooded and hairless mammals are incredibly sensitive to Continue reading Round-the-clock radio