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!
Christmas magic is in the air as we officially open Santa’s grotto today! Throughout the last few weeks, Mrs Claus – pictured above – and her elves have been busy transforming the 11th century Dudley Castle in the heart of the zoological gardens into a Winter Wonderland and it’s now ready for excited youngsters to … Continue reading Santa arrives at DZG!
Our youngest reindeer is now four weeks old and keepers have discovered we’ve got another girl, who they’ve named Jasmine. Jasmine was born to 13 year-old mum, Blizzard on August 14 and caused excitement as she was the second baby we had born this summer out of season, following half-sister, Sunflower, who was born on … Continue reading Hello, Jasmine!
He may be called Ghost, but there’s no chance of not being able to see our alpha male reindeer at the moment! As the four year-old is sporting some pretty impressive headgear! Section Leader, Jay Haywood, said: “Male reindeer typically have bigger antlers than females, but we’ve never had any as big as his at … Continue reading A very visible Ghost!