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Midlands Mayor visits DZG 

21 Sep 17

The West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, visited DZG and fed our rainbow lorikeets as part of a whistle stop tour, as he heard how a £41 million funding bid will help boost the borough’s tourism.

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Panto comes to DZG! 

20 Sep 17

Panto season is nearly upon us and we helped sprinkle a little DZG animal magic into the launch of Wolverhampton Grand’s Jack and the Beanstalk.

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Another baby capuchin! 

19 Sep 17

We’ve had another yellow-breasted capuchin birth less than five months after his half-brother, Archie arrived.

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Last chance for castle tour 

18 Sep 17

It’s the last opportunity for visitors to learn more about Dudley Castle this Friday as we host the final tour and talk of the year.

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Reduced zoo opening 

18 Sep 17

With autumn on its way this week we’ve reverted to our shorter winter hours today.

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Friendly football rivalries 

17 Sep 17

DZG staff celebrated the end of our busy summer season with a friendly football match and party in the castle courtyard.

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Celebrating red pandas 

16 Sep 17

It’s International Red Panda Day and we’re celebrating with Yasmin and Gawa.

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Battle of Britain remembrance 

15 Sep 17

The Royal Air Force Ensign is flying proudly from Dudley Castle as we join the nation in marking the Battle of Britain today.

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Outreach team’s hot date! 

14 Sep 17

Our Outreach team have a hot date o n Saturd ay as they’re attending the Birmingham Extreme Chilli Fe stival in Brindleyplace.

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Training on target 

13 Sep 17

Training is on target for Chester, our Colombian Black Spider Monkey, thanks to the efforts of Keeper Jade Reddall.

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Olivia’s amazing day! 

12 Sep 17

An animal lover from California had an amazing time when she became a DZG Keeper for a Day.

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Treating Inca 

11 Sep 17

DZG’s Asiatic black bear, Inca, is well and truly spoilt by keepers, who buy her tasty goodies each month.

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Daseep’s day! 

10 Sep 17

There are celebrations in the Tiger Tecton today as our beautiful Daseep celebrates her seventh birthday! And to mark her special day we’re giving our two Sumatrans a brand new climbing frame! Curator Richard Brown, said: “We’re hoping to start…

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Fruity meerkat meals 

9 Sep 17

Juicy pear kebabs were on the menu for our meerkat mob this week.

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Santa booking’s open! 

8 Sep 17

Booking is now open for DZG’s Santa’s Winter Wonderland Grotto and this year he’s got his own special hotline! Visitors can either call and speak to his elves on 01384 215306 or book their own timed slot for the three-week festive period …

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Adam’s leap of faith! 

7 Sep 17

Brave DZG Keeper Adam Wrench took a leap of faith and raised more than £800 for our Orangutan Appeal.

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Cuppa time 

6 Sep 17

School’s back, so why not enjoy a quiet cuppa in one of our DZG 80 th anniversary mugs…just like our newest office recruits, Receptionist Claire Phillpotts and Accounts Administrator Assistant Stephanie Williams.

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Raptor Day a flyaway success! 

5 Sep 17

A HUGE thank you to our Bank Holiday visitors who made our first ever Raptor Day a flyaway success and helped us raise a whopping £869.95! Thousands of people visited the 11 th century castle courtyard to see our birds of prey, which included harris …

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Black lemur sex revealed… 

4 Sep 17

A change in fur colour has revealed our first rare black lemur baby to be a girl! The three-month-old was born to first-time mum, Barbara and dad, Bryan on May 15 and has been named Kimmy by keepers.

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Take note… 

3 Sep 17

Why not have a really wild start to the new school year by stocking up on DZG branded stationery.

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Community Conservation Day 

2 Sep 17

Visitors can find out more about the work of local nature groups during our first Community Conservation Day today.

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Sam succeeds! 

1 Sep 17

Congratulations go to Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, who’s our latest fully-qualified recruit! Sam has successfully passed the demanding two-year Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) course.

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Throwback Thursday 

31 Aug 17

We’re continuing our look back at DZG life as part of our 80th anniversary celebrations and this month we’re showcasing our miniature railway! The £2,000 Dudley Zoo Railway opened in June 1938 and travelled one mile through wooded land from the …

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Baby otters! 

30 Aug 17

Our otter family have been boosted by four more pups! Trainee Keeper, Danielle Partridge, managed to take the first photos of the Asiatic short-clawed babies, after spotting them emerging outside for one of their very first outings! The pups are the …

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Great day for apes! 

29 Aug 17

Huge thanks to DZG visitors who helped us raise £503 during International Orangutan Day.

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Learn more about raptors 

28 Aug 17

Bank holiday visitors can help us save barn owls and kestrels today during our fundraising raptor event.

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Summer fruit 

27 Aug 17

We don’t like waste here at DZG and try to reuse and recycle as much as we can – including the inside stone of a delicious summer fruit! Our animals tuck into seasonal produce on a daily basis and at this time of year they’re enjoying juicy …

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Watch bird ringing today 

26 Aug 17

We’re teaming up with Brewood Ringers today, who’ll be on-site demonstrating bird ringing to visitors.

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Bird of prey day 

25 Aug 17

Eagle eyed visitors can discover all about raptors on Bank Holiday Monday as we host a bird of prey event in the 11 th century castle courtyard.

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Five years of flight! 

24 Aug 17

We’re marking the fifth anniversary of our re-launched chairlift today! Following a £117,000 Heritage Lottery grant, we re-opened the passenger-carrying aerial ropeway on August 24, 2012 after being out of use for more than a decade and it’s …

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Explore the ravine 

23 Aug 17

Visitors can explore the restored Bear Ravine as we’ve opened up public access.

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Overseas visitors 

22 Aug 17

New Zealand holidaymakers, Susan, Oliver and Gemma Gosling found time in their busy itinerary to learn more about some of the world’s rarest animals here at DZG.

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Castle hideout! 

21 Aug 17

The farm’s female guinea pigs have their very own castle hideout, thanks to the talents of a group of crafty Dudley pensioners.

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Slush Puppie samples 

20 Aug 17

Visitors can enjoy samples of Slush Puppie next week as the raspberry roadster visits DZG.

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Orangutan awareness 

19 Aug 17

We’re going ape today in aid of International Orangutan Day, as we raise funds and awareness for these magnificent primates.

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Eagle eyed, Emma! 

18 Aug 17

Customer Services Team Member, Emma Dingley, is using her time operating the chairlift to help survey the site’s native birds.

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DZG backs hospital campaign 

17 Aug 17

DZG is proud to have backed a local newspaper appeal to help provide 50 new wheelchairs for the borough’s hospital.

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A grrr-eat amount for lions 

16 Aug 17

We had a roarsome World Lion Day as visitors helped us raise a fantastic £663.83.

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Well done, Mary! 

15 Aug 17

We’ve launched an in-house employee of the month scheme to reward staff who have gone above and beyond.

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First violet Turaco 

14 Aug 17

We’ve had the first Violet Turaco to hatch at DZG in our 80 year history! The chick hatched on July 1 and can be spotted eagerly clambering around the branches in one of the triple aviaries.

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Active ants! 

13 Aug 17

We’re concluding our creepy crawly crazy week celebrating the planet’s smallest critters as part of BIAZA’s Big Bug Bonanza.

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27 year-old strimmers! 

12 Aug 17

DZG’s gardeners have received two new strimmers – to replace their 27 year–old previous pair! Gardener Anthony Gwilt, said: “We’ve certainly had our money’s worth but I don’t think we would have got another 12 months out of them, but …

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Boosting barberrys! 

11 Aug 17

We’re continuing our Big Bug Bonanza by helping boost one of Britain’s most threatened moth species.

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Majestic lions 

10 Aug 17

We’re joining a global campaign to celebrate the most majestic of all big cats today.

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Romy turns two! 

9 Aug 17

Giant anteater, Romy, turns two today and has been enjoying splashing in her swimming pool! So much so, that keepers are letting her stay out past bedtime and are returning to tuck her in for the night at around 10pm on warm evenings.

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Going on a bear hunt… 

8 Aug 17

Have you spotted Sunny Dudley yet in Birmingham’s Big Sleuth adventure trail? We’d love you to snap a selfie with our colourful bear and tag us in on Facebook and Twitter, so we can see her summer holiday visitors.

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Going big on bugs! 

7 Aug 17

Discover the weird and wonderful world of bugs at DZG this week.

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Nick visits DZG! 

6 Aug 17

Television wildlife presenter, Nick Baker, stopped off at DZG earlier this week.

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Werewolf screening’s tonight! 

5 Aug 17

Hundreds of film fans will be joining us tonight for a one-off screening of cult horror-comedy ‘An American Werewolf in London’.

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Daring dive for orangs 

4 Aug 17

Daring DZG zoo keeper, Adam Wrench, will be taking to the skies to help us raise money for our Orangutan appeal.

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