Nothing was getting in the way of giant anteater Bubbles when a sweet treat arrived – not even the bowl of gruel he stepped in! The one-year-old trod right in his dish of gruel mixture – which keepers mix daily from a nutritious powder – as he made a beeline for the blended banana and yogurt. … Continue reading Bubbles puts his foot in it!
Dudley Zoo’s Carpathian lynx Daisy went wild for a new scent sprayed on her climbing frame. Keeper Josh Luxton squirted one of the perfumes donated to DZG early last year on to the wooden frame in her enclosure and she loved it. In our video, the beautiful female can be seen rubbing her head up … Continue reading The lynx effect!
When tree maintenance work required our red panda pair to leave their paddock, keepers seized the opportunity to give them the once-over. And the outcome of the chance check-ups is that our 13-year-old female Yasmin and three-year-old male Gawa are in perfect health. Assistant Curator Jay Haywood said: “For safety reasons we had to move … Continue reading Perfect panda health
It’s time to take down the trimmings, so our animals are helping recycle festive firs from the zoo’s Winter Wonderland Grotto. As we hit Twelfth Night, traditionally time to take down Christmas trees and decorations to avoid bad luck, dozens of firs from the 11th century castle courtyard are now being used for New Year enrichment. … Continue reading Evergreen enjoyment
As the nation prepares to party, our animals have been making sure keepers get their goods sides on New Year’s Eve celebration snaps. Brazilian tapir mum Meena and male Patagonian sealion Oba are two of the creatures who have been showing off their best angles for photos as we prepare to let in 2019. And … Continue reading Photo-ready!
Today is World Anteater Day and for our two, Romy and Bubbles, that means piles of fun rooting out treats from their termite mound. The giant anteater pair will spend the day exploring the artificial termite mound which keepers built to encourage them to use their 2ft-long tongues to get to the food inside. The … Continue reading All about anteaters!
Capybara Pumpkin enjoyed a spot of male grooming after taking an afternoon mud bath in our South American paddock. Keeper Josh Luxton caught the capybara on camera rolling around in the mud amongst the colourful autumn leaves. And the natural beauty treatment will leave the creature’s coat in tip top condition as in the wild … Continue reading Pumpkin’s pamper time
Lulu is the lovely new name for our Patagonian mara after we asked people to send in suggestions for the chance to adopt her. Dozens of people entered the e-mail competition to name the newcomer and Keeper Josh Luxton picked out the winning entry from zoo visitor Rebecca Deeley. Mum-of-three Rebecca, from Brierley Hill, said: “It’s … Continue reading Lovely name Lulu!
A new female Patagonian mara has joined us at DZG – but the gorgeous girl is missing a name. So we’ve launched an e-mail competition to name her, with chance to win an adoption pack for the friendly female (pictured front) who has moved in with Barry, Martha and their twins. The adult female arrived earlier … Continue reading New mara needs naming
Keepers Kriss Pearson and Josh Luxton are knuckling down to some serious study as they begin their diploma in zoo keeping. Kriss, from our birds section, and Josh who works with our ungulates and big cats, are just starting their Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) – the industry standard for … Continue reading Study time