Our Winter Wonderland grotto is officially open after panto stars, Su Pollard and Jeffrey Holland, launched our Christmas festivities. The Hi-de-Hi celebs, who are starring in this year’s DZG sponsored panto at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, took time out of the Dick Whittington rehearsals to visit the zoo and meet Santa and his reindeer. DZG Marketing … Continue reading Santa’s here!
Our Countdown to Christmas has begun and our reindeer are eagerly awaiting Santa’s arrival later this week. Our eight girls have been enjoying trips to the castle with keepers as they familiarise themselves with the route from the reindeer paddock to the cobbled courtyard ahead of their all-important festive duties. Our reindeer are trained to … Continue reading Reindeer await Santa!
Our eight reindeer girls are shedding their antlers – but this year it’s happening just a bit earlier than normal. And Assistant Curator Jay Haywood said it’s all because we don’t have any pregnancies in the female-only herd at this time. Jay said: “Males of almost all deer species grow antlers, but only female reindeer … Continue reading Early shed
A reindeer named after self-unemployed Queen of the Black Country, Doreen Tipton, has left DZG to go on new adventures in Chessington. Doreen the reindeer, pictured on grotto duties last year, has left the Black Country behind to join a new herd at Chessington World of Adventures Resort in Surrey. In July, zoo staff surprised the … Continue reading Ta-ra Doreen!
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!