DZG’s glittering Winter Wonderland grotto has been officially opened by panto stars, Sooty and his right-hand man Richard Cadell. The Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s panto stars cut the ribbon to the magical grotto inside the 11th century Dudley Castle just before we welcomed almost 300 children from the Midlands-based children’s charity, Mad Hatters, for their annual Christmas party. … Continue reading When Sooty met Santa
Reindeer Jet is all fired up for her festive role of greeting young visitors to our magical Winter Wonderland grotto. It’s exactly a month until Christmas Day and Jet is one of our reindeer herd who has been learning the ropes so keepers can walk her up to the grotto to meet our special visitors … Continue reading Jet ready for grotto take off!
We’ve said so long to one of our reindeer, Basil, who has gone north to join an animal centre in Yorkshire. The 18-month-old male reindeer, pictured in the centre training for his Christmas grotto duties last year, left us to live with a new herd at Kirkleatham Owl Centre in Redcar. DZG Assistant Curator Jay … Continue reading Bye-bye Basil
DZG may be closed to visitors today because of the weather, but our reindeer herd are loving the snow – especially this year’s new arrivals Basil, Ivy and Doreen who are experiencing the white stuff for the very first time! It’s business as usual for our keeping team, who arrived in early to work this … Continue reading Reindeer mean snow business!
The reindeer herd are enjoying their daily visits to the 11th century castle courtyard as part of our Winter Wonderland grotto. And for the first time, our 2017 youngsters, Ivy, Doreen and Basil have been learning the ropes so they too can join Santa. Trainee Keeper, Ellis Robinson, has been working with the herd over … Continue reading Reindeer learn the ropes!
We’re wishing a very happy 1st birthday to reindeer, Sunflower – whose birth made headlines last year! This time a year ago the UK was basking in a heatwave and July 19 was recorded as one of the hottest days of the year, as we welcomed our unusual delivery in temperatures exceeding 30 degrees Celsius! … Continue reading Sunflower turns 1!
We welcomed royalty to DZG when self-unemployed Queen of the Black Country, Doreen Tipton paid us a visit. Ahead of tomorrow’s Black Country Day – the comedy sensation, who is once again starring in this year’s DZG-sponsored Christmas panto at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, stopped off to film footage for her new DVD. After a walk up … Continue reading Doreen’s deer!
We’ve waved goodbye to our alpha male reindeer, Ghost, who’s moved to another collection. The five year-old has moved to Blackpool Zoo as part of a breeding programme after siring a number of youngsters in the short time he spent at DZG. He came to Dudley 18 months ago from the Scottish Deer Centre in … Continue reading Ghost moves on
Spring’s in the air and we’ve welcomed new babies to DZG, just in time for the Easter holidays! Yesterday we revealed our newborn capuchin, but today we can introduce you to a pair of pygmy marmosets, a barbary sheep and the first reindeer calf of the year! Oakley the barbary sheep was born on March … Continue reading Spring brings babies!
There’s just 10 days to go and there are two DZG girls who are particularly excited for the big day. As this year is the first time our baby reindeer, Sunflower and Jasmine, have met the man in red! The youngsters made headlines earlier this year when they were both unusually born in the height of … Continue reading Merry Christmas, deer!