When big cat keepers needed to distinguish the faeces of our Sumatran tigers, Daseep and Joao, they turned to edible glitter to help! Staff are feeding nine year-old Daseep chunks of meat sprinkled with the colourful cake decoration so they can spot sparkles in her samples. Acting Team Leader, Sam Grove, said: “We’re feeding Daseep … Continue reading Sparkling samples
Sumatran tigers, Daseep and Joao, enjoyed some special enrichment as they helped mark International PKU Day. PKU, or Phenylketonuria, is a rare inherited metabolic disorder where people can’t break down protein and is a condition our Senior Keeper Kirsty Thornton was diagnosed with as a baby following the routine heel-prick screening. To help mark … Continue reading Enrichment awareness
We’ve got a grrr-eat big challenge and we’re asking you for help! Keepers have launched an online crowdfunding appeal to raise £350 to purchase an enormous purposely made enrichment ball for our Sumatran tigers and Asiatic lions and we’re hoping we’ll achieve our target during our half term Love Your Zoo Week celebrations. Acting Team … Continue reading A grrr-eat crowdfunding challenge!
Animal antics of our penguins and tigers were viewed more than a million times – by people watching from the comfort of their own homes. Fascinating footage of our colony of Humboldt penguins and Sumatran tiger pair, Daseep (pictured) and Joao, was watched almost 1,300,000 times last year via our two round-the-clock webcams. Figures from … Continue reading Creature cams
Our two Sumatran tigers had a rip-roaring time when they tore apart an enrichment device made by their keeper. Big Cat Keeper Cheyenne Darkins put smelly giraffe bedding around a block of wood and wrapped it in a woven enrichment toy she made from old fire hose. And we caught the big cat couple on … Continue reading A rip-roaring hour
DZG is urging people to think eggs-tra carefully when buying sweet treats this Easter and say no to palm oil. Concerned keepers at Dudley Zoo say many chocolate eggs contain unsustainable palm oil which devastates the habitats of wild cousins of our two Sumatran tigers and four Bornean orangs. They say we should check the ingredients labels … Continue reading Choose eggs-tra carefully!
Perfumes have poured in following our plea for unwanted scents to give our big cats some sweet-smelling playtime. More than 150 bottles of aftershave and perfume have been passed on to keepers who have already put the scents to grrreat use with our Sumatran tigers Daseep and Joao. Scents were squirted on to climbing frames … Continue reading Perfumes put to grrreat use!
Critically endangered Sumatrans, Daseep and Joao, will be helping us raise priceless awareness this Global Tiger Day. All eyes will be on our charismatic pair, who are great ambassadors for their wild cousins on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, where there are shockingly as few as 400 left of their smallest surviving tiger subspecies. Weekend … Continue reading Tiger awareness