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Chairlift training exercise 

22 Nov 17

Our passenger-carrying chairlift provided the ideal scenario for rope rescue training for West Midlands Fire Service’s Technical Rescue Unit.

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Jill returns to Wales 

21 Nov 17

We’ve waved off Jill the common raven, who’s returned to Wales to pair with a male! The 10 year-old bird, who has greeted thousands of visitors to DZG with shouts of hello and goodbye as they pass her enclosure on Castle Hill, has gone back to …

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Still time to vote 

20 Nov 17

Time’s running out for visitors to help us choose our 2018 redevelopment project.

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Successful sheet appeal! 

19 Nov 17

THANK YOU to everyone who has donated sheets, towels and duvet covers for our primates – but we’ve got enough for now! We’ve been inundated with bags of linen from generous supporters since we appealed for help in providing our chimpanzees and…

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A champion visit 

18 Nov 17

DZG keepers spotted a familiar face on site yesterday, as the World Number One darts champion, Michael van Gerwen, paid us a visit.

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Zebra sends dogs wild! 

17 Nov 17

Our four dogs went wild with papier mâché zebra enrichment.

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Name our animals! 

16 Nov 17

Can you help us name our meerkats or flamingos? document.

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Panto partnership extended 

15 Nov 17

We’re thrilled to announce we’ve extended our partnership with Wolverhampton Grand Theatre for the next two years.

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Sam scoops title! 

14 Nov 17

Well done to Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, who’s our employee of the month! Sam, who works with our big cats, ungulates and reptiles, was nominated by colleagues for his commitment and dedication to DZG.

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Giraffes put through paces 

13 Nov 17

Trainee Keeper Ellis Robinson is putting our three giraffes through their paces during target training.

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Remembering the fallen 

12 Nov 17

Zoo Director Derek Grove will be representing DZG at the town’s annual Remembrance Sunday event today.

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Birthday gifts for Jazz 

11 Nov 17

Birthday celebrations are continuing in the orangutan house as today it’s Jazz’s celebratory day! Our great ape matriarch turns 26 and keepers have got her a few surprise treats lined up to help her mark her day.

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Preparing for winter 

10 Nov 17

Autumn brings about one of our zoo keepers’ least loved tasks – collecting up fallen leaves! Although it may seem an endless job, our forward-thinking ungulate staff are busy making sure our leaf-eating mammals will be set for winter by …

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DZG attends BIAZA meet 

9 Nov 17

Two senior keepers represented DZG at the annual BIAZA Mammal Working Group Conference.

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Tigers in the frame 

8 Nov 17

Sumatran tigers, Daseep and Joao, are enjoying their new climbing frame.

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New birds fly in! 

7 Nov 17

Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright went on a road trip to collect some new additions to our feathered collection.

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Benji’s 40! 

6 Nov 17

We’re wishing our oldest and much-loved Bornean orangutan, Benji, a very happy 40th birthday today! Keepers surprised the birthday boy with a piñata for his big day, which he discovered hanging from his outdoor climbing frame this morning, filled…

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A winter relocation 

5 Nov 17

DZG’s seven Cameroon sheep have relocated across the zoo site for the winter.

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Successful bird ringing 

4 Nov 17

DZG visitors got up close to a number of native feathered friends during bird ringing demonstrations.

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Meena helps out school challenge 

3 Nov 17

Brazilian tapir, Meena, helped out with Alexia Chapman’s half term school challenge when she became a Little Zoo Keeper for a Day at DZG.

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Giant dwarfs DZG’s giant! 

2 Nov 17

DZG’s giant English rabbit, Otis, was dwarfed by a real giant at the launch of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s forthcoming Christmas pantomime.

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Fangtastic Hocus Pocus events 

1 Nov 17

We had a spook-tacular time during our family Hocus Pocus Halloween events.

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Halloween pumpkin playtime 

31 Oct 17

Spooky carved Halloween treats didn’t scare DZG’s exotic animals who have been enjoying pumpkin playtime.

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Benji’s big birthday bash! 

30 Oct 17

We’re celebrating the 40 th birthday of one of DZG’s most iconic animals, our Bornean orangutan, Benji and we’re throwing a big birthday bash in his honour! Join us this weekend , ahead of his birthday on Monday (Nov 6) as we hold a two-day …

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Extra snoozing time 

29 Oct 17

Our animals appreciated the clocks going back this morning as they enjoyed an extra hour to snooze in their dens.

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Orang appeal thanks! 

28 Oct 17

We’re sending HUGE thanks to the fantastic employees of Dudley Building Society who have raised £286.31 towards our Orangutan Appeal.

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Narna, our special bat! 

27 Oct 17

Have you spotted our special bat who can’t fly? Narna, an Egyptian fruit bat, can be found in our Castle Creatures exhibit, but we’ve never seen her fly and we’ve no idea why she won’t! Trainee Keeper, Cara Sheldon, said: “Narna’s …

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Throwback Thursday 

26 Oct 17

We’re having another peek into the zoo archives and this month we’re recalling some of the famous faces who have visited DZG over the last 80 years.

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Primate playtime plea 

25 Oct 17

Can you help us as we renew our plea for playthings for our primates? Our stocks of unwanted and clean bed linen and towels, which keepers use to provide enrichment for our Bornean orangutans and chimpanzees, are running low and we’re appealing for…

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Kubwa’s up for birthday breakfast! 

24 Oct 17

Standing tall at 18 feet, you’d think it would be an effort for our birthday boy giraffe to get up from the floor.

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Jamaican boa births 

23 Oct 17

We’ve had a fang-tastic start to our Hocus Pocus week, plus another first in our 80 th anniversary year following the birth of five Jamaican boas.

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Stickers and critters! 

22 Oct 17

Keepers are giving out colourful new stickers down on the farm to young visitors who come and meet our critters! Designed in-house by graphic designer, Rachel Lane, the bright labels, which feature a variety of farm animals alongside our new barn …

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Get carving for discounted entry 

21 Oct 17

We’re looking forward to seeing your crafty carved pumpkin s this week – and don’t forget in return for every donation we receive for our Halloween pumpkin patch competition, we’re offering discounted entry for up to four people! And the best…

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Keepers hit the books 

20 Oct 17

Two DZG keepers are hitting the books as they begin their Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA).

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Gimbi turns one! 

19 Oct 17

Fallen autumn leaves provided ideal seasonal enrichment for gelada baboon, Gimbi’s first birthday party! Using four bags of dry leaves collected from around the zoo site, keepers covered the gelada’s indoor den flooring and mixed in some of their…

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Play with DZG animals! 

18 Oct 17

We’ve got a great game to keep youngsters entertained during half term, while they also learn about some of the rarest animals in the world, as we launch DZG Top Trumps! Priced just £4.99 from the Safari Shop, the popular game features 29 colourful…

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Sarah’s success! 

17 Oct 17

Congratulations to Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans, who’s our latest employee of the month! Sarah, who works with our big cats and ungulates, received this month’s accolade alongside gift vouchers after being nominated by colleagues for her continued …

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Homes for native raptors 

16 Oct 17

The first of our owl and kestrel nesting boxes have arrived on site – and it’s all thanks to the generous visitors to our August Bank Holiday Raptor Day celebrations.

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Richard joins zoo delegates 

15 Oct 17

Curator Richard Brown joined zoo delegates from across Europe as he attended the EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Annual Conference in the Netherlands.

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Mirror, mirror on the wall… 

14 Oct 17

Mirrors donated through Amazon’s Wishlist are being put to use with various DZG bird species.

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An eggcellent day! 

13 Oct 17

DZG animals are tucking into a few eggs-tra treats during British Egg Week! The week-long event, which runs from October 9 – 15 and incorporates today’s World Egg Day celebrations, promotes the vast benefits of eggs, which are loved not just by …

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New ferrets! 

12 Oct 17

Three adorable ferrets are settling into their new home in the Discovery Centre.

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Snow leopard revamp work starts 

11 Oct 17

Work has started on extending the snow leopard enclosure, which will not only give our two big cats more space, but also provide visitors with better views.

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Face your spider fear! 

10 Oct 17

It’s the time of year when house spiders are starting to make their appearance in homes across the country and for those with fears of the eight-legged critters, why not let DZG help you face them! Our spider close encounters allow visitors to meet…

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Half term Halloween fun! 

9 Oct 17

Visit DZG for some frighteningly family friendly fun this half term and get discounted entry in return for a carved pumpkin for our Halloween pumpkin patch! As part of our Freak Week we’re offering an adoption of Narna, our three-year-old …

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Juicy autumnal treats! 

8 Oct 17

Seasonal produce is always on the menu for our 200-strong animal species here at DZG.

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Picking peppers 

7 Oct 17

Rhino iguana, Jane, couldn’t wait to munch her favourite food when keepers delivered her daily breakfast.

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14 baby rats 

6 Oct 17

The Discovery Centre’s animal count has been boosted by the birth of 14 baby rats – just in time for Halloween! The pups were born on September 11 to mum, Summer and Dad, Zaffie – who are also new arrivals to the DZG collection.

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Keeping cosy! 

5 Oct 17

Red pandas, Yasmin and Gawa, are keeping cosy in new nesting boxes, built for us by our talented local Senior Citizen woodwork group.

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Newborn meerkats appear 

4 Oct 17

It’s World Animal Day and our newest additions to the DZG collection have been spotted enjoying the autumnal sunshine.

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