We had the most exciting discovery during our first ever overnight bat survey as we recorded a rare Lesser horseshoe bat – and we’re the first in the West Midlands to do so! DZG Conservation Officer Chris Leeson joined seven members of The Birmingham and Black Country Bat Group, known as Brumbats, to survey the … Continue reading A rare discovery!
DZG has scooped a prestigious award in recognition of our conservation work with endangered native species. We received a Silver award for our Limestone Bat Project at the BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums), awards, which celebrates outstanding achievements in the zoological world. DZG Conservation Officer Chris Leeson, who heads the project … Continue reading Going batty for award!
An area of DZG will forever bloom in celebration of a remarkable little girl who is amazing medics. We welcomed Maebh Adams and her family on site earlier this summer to scatter wildflowers alongside our Asiatic lion paddock in celebration of Maebh turning 18 months-old – a remarkable feat considering she was given just … Continue reading Blooming in celebration
As we continue our BIAZA Big Bug Bonanza, we’re buzzing to discover our 40-acre zoological grounds is providing a great habitat for native bees, wasps, butterflies, moths and flies including a rare beetle! A one-day field study carried out on site by Wolverhampton University Masters graduate, Aaron Bhambra, recorded 35 species of insect, including 18 … Continue reading Buzzing at insect find!
A nest full of native newborn chicks is a wonderful sight, but look closer and you’ll see they’re nesting in plastic. Zoo Member Shaun Thomas sent us these photographs after spotting the mistle thrush family in a tree by the camel paddock on the lower zoo site. DZG Conservation Officer Chris Leeson said: “This was … Continue reading Native species spot!
We’ve got exciting news about our Dudley Zoo badger family – we’ve got babies! After several nights camera trapping in the former wallaby enclosure, DZG’s Conservation Officer Chris Leeson was thrilled to capture on film a mother badger leading three cubs from their underground sett. Chris, pictured below said: “We think this could be one … Continue reading Exciting update from badger watch!
We’re hoping to give a helping hand to our native feathered friends ahead of the forthcoming breeding season. Coinciding with National Nest Box Week we’re installing two barn owl boxes by the chimpanzee enclosure as we’ve spotted the birds of prey flying around the lower part of the 40-acre zoo. DZG Conservation Officer Chris Leeson … Continue reading Helping hands for feathered friends
Night vision camera traps have captured a family of badgers who have made DZG their home. The native black-and-white mammals have moved into an old enclosure on site and trigger motion equipment has filmed a family of six appearing from their underground sett. The footage is great news for our Conservation Officer Chris Leeson, who … Continue reading Night-time native visitors
Here at DZG we’re as passionate about our native species as we are about our exotic animals. And this Valentine’s Day we’re making sure we’re providing ideal love nests for our feathered friends ready for the forthcoming breeding season, which typically starts around March-time. To launch National Nest Box Week staff have installed a number … Continue reading Providing Valentine love nests!
We’re highlighting the world’s biggest wildlife survey this weekend with the Big Garden Birdwatch. DZG visitors can find out more about the annual RSPB count on Saturday and Sunday, as we welcome representatives on site who’ll be running bird-themed activities and encouraging members of the public to survey feathered friends in their own gardens at … Continue reading Surveying birds