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Cracking bird count

Zoo Manager Matt Lewis notched up a lengthy list of wild birds visiting a feeder near his office during the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Matt spent an hour a day last Friday, Saturday and Sunday surveying the bird table in the garden by Harry Hatch’s cottage, where he is based, and recorded 17 species visiting Continue reading Cracking bird count

Evergreen enjoyment

It’s time to take down the trimmings, so our animals are helping recycle festive firs from the zoo’s Winter Wonderland Grotto. As we hit Twelfth Night, traditionally time to take down Christmas trees and decorations to avoid bad luck, dozens of firs from the 11th century castle courtyard are now being used for New Year enrichment. Continue reading Evergreen enjoyment

Behind-the-scenes fun

A wild time is guaranteed for youngsters aged eight to 13 who fancy being a little zoo keeper at Dudley Zoo. The popular experience gives children, like Isobelle Phillpott and Georgia Green pictured, chance to go behind the scenes, see how a zoo works and meet animals such as tapirs and penguins. Available on Tuesday, Continue reading Behind-the-scenes fun

Boxing Day fruit feast

DZG’s colourful collection of lories and lorikeets have been filmed enjoying a delicious Boxing Day fruity feast. Head of Birds Nicola Wright said: “Because the zoo is generally quieter over the winter period, there are fewer visitors feeding nectar to the birds so we put out extra fruit for them to enjoy. “It’s wonderful to Continue reading Boxing Day fruit feast

Still time to see Santa

Santa has already greeted hundreds of visitors to his glittering grotto at Dudley Zoo but it’s not too late to whisper your wish-list in his ear. The grotto, opened by Sooty who is starring in Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre’s panto Sleeping Beauty, runs until Christmas Eve so there’s still time to book a place. And the Continue reading Still time to see Santa

All about anteaters!

Today is World Anteater Day and for our two, Romy and Bubbles, that means piles of fun rooting out treats from their termite mound. The giant anteater pair will spend the day exploring the artificial termite mound which keepers built to encourage them to use their 2ft-long tongues to get to the food inside. The Continue reading All about anteaters!

Pumpkin’s pamper time

Capybara Pumpkin enjoyed a spot of male grooming after taking an afternoon mud bath in our South American paddock. Keeper Josh Luxton caught the capybara on camera rolling around in the mud amongst the colourful autumn leaves. And the natural beauty treatment will leave the creature’s coat in tip top condition as in the wild Continue reading Pumpkin’s pamper time

Stunning zoo video

A stunning video of all Dudley Zoo has to offer has been released as part of a series of short films showcasing the borough’s attractions. The 30-second clip zooms in on the glorious 11th century Dudley Castle, our incredible animals and the popular beach, ‘Ow Bin Ya Sands’ we installed for the summer. The footage Continue reading Stunning zoo video

Giraffes from new heights

Giraffe keepers have filmed our long-legged duo from new heights after attaching a camera to their feeding winch. The fascinating footage shows DZG’s two gracious giraffes, 17-year-old Kubwa and nine-year-old female Josie, feasting on every last leaf from a huge branch hung up high in their paddock. Keeper Josh Luxton said: “This is the first Continue reading Giraffes from new heights

A hundred babies on board!

Dudley Zoo’s very own Spider-Girl rode her motorbike to work with a pile of passengers on board – around 100 baby spiders to be precise. Trainee Keeper Sarah Redding, who is nicknamed ‘Spider’ by her friends and lives with 26 arachnids in the bedroom of her Sutton Coldfield home, donated the egg sac from her Continue reading A hundred babies on board!