orangutan appeal

Halfway there!

We’re halfway to achieving our £800,000 target to build a new orangutan enclosure – but still need your help! Less than two years after launching our ambitious appeal to build a separate outdoor environment for our four critically endangered Bornean orangs, we’ve hit the midway milestone reaching £412,041. Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “This is Continue reading Halfway there!

Art ape-reciation!

Dudley Zoo’s orangs showed some real ape-reciation for art when they came face-to-face with their images on a stunning canvas. Orangutans – one of only a few species able to recognise their own image – gave the artwork a definite thumbs up when their keeper showed them one of the zoo’s limited edition prints. The Continue reading Art ape-reciation!

Warm support from Iceland

Warm-hearted Dudley staff from frozen food giant Iceland have pledged to support DZG’s orangs and our new enclosure appeal. The team from Iceland in the Churchill Shopping Centre has committed to helping the zoo’s orangs as an extension of the eco-friendly chain’s national campaign to save critically-endangered orangs in the wild. For the next year, Continue reading Warm support from Iceland

Money-spinning masterpieces

An artist aiding DZG’s orang appeal has helped fight animal extinction after his drawing of our tigress went under the hammer. Award-winning David Skidmore, who sketched our Sumatran tigress Daseep earlier in the year, was one of 400 artists and celebrities who donated original art to Explorers against Extinction’s Sketch for Survival auction. The tiger Continue reading Money-spinning masterpieces

Exclusive ape art goes on sale

The wraps are off – today we’re thrilled to reveal the stunning ape artwork being sold in aid of our £800,000 orang enclosure appeal. Just 100 signed limited edition canvasses of our Bornean orangutans Benji, Jorong, Jazz and Sprout have been produced exclusively for DZG from an original drawing donated by award-winning artist David Skidmore. Continue reading Exclusive ape art goes on sale

Appealing souvenirs

An award-winning artist has added her support to our £800,000 orang appeal by creating a superb souvenir exclusively for DZG. Hannah Dale, who founded Wrendale Designs, has produced a beautiful orang illustration on a gorgeous greetings card to help pull in pounds for our planned separate outdoor exhibit for our four Bornean great apes. The designer, who Continue reading Appealing souvenirs

Jorong's all smiles!

We’re wishing many happy returns to our handsome birthday boy, Jorong, who’s 23 today! And our gorgeous Bornean orangutan is all smiles as he’s heard from the zoo’s finance department that we’re starting 2018 with £223,000 raised towards his new outdoor enclosure.  The new exhibit, which we’re aiming to build within the next few years Continue reading Jorong’s all smiles!

Benji's 40!

We’re wishing our oldest and much-loved Bornean orangutan, Benji, a very happy 40th birthday today! Keepers surprised the birthday boy with a piñata for his big day, which he discovered hanging from his outdoor climbing frame this morning, filled with tasty treats to enjoy. He’s had a busy weekend celebrating his milestone with hundreds of visitors, Continue reading Benji’s 40!

Benji's big birthday bash!

We’re celebrating the 40th birthday of one of DZG’s most iconic animals, our Bornean orangutan, Benji and we’re throwing a big birthday bash in his honour! Join us this weekend, ahead of his birthday on Monday (Nov 6) as we hold a two-day fundraiser in aid of our £800,000 orangutan enclosure appeal. Visitors can take Continue reading Benji’s big birthday bash!