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
We’ve been surveying the native birds living on our 40-acre site with help from Brewood Ringers and discovered some real beauties. DZG Conservation Officer Chris Leeson and Customer Services Team Member and trainee bird ringer, Emma Dingley, alongside Brewood group members spent four hours on site collecting data about our feathered friends. They caught five … Continue reading Beautiful native birds
DZG visitors got up close to a number of native feathered friends during bird ringing demonstrations. Brewood Ringers spent a day on site during half term, led by our Customer Services Team Member and trainee bird ringer, Emma Dingley, as they showed members of the public how they catch some of the zoo site’s small … Continue reading Successful bird ringing
We’re teaming up with Brewood Ringers today, who’ll be on-site demonstrating bird ringing to visitors. The group will be safely catching some of our small wild birds in the off-show woodland behind the giraffe and kangaroo enclosures using feeding stations and mist nests, before showing visitors how they record information about the birds before ringing … Continue reading Watch bird ringing today