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Money for macaques 

20 May 18

We’re sending more than £250 to a project helping to protect macaques in Indonesia, thanks to generous DZG visitors.


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Royal flamingos 

19 May 18

We’re tickled pink about Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding today – so we’ve named a pair of American flamingos in their honour.


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Quick work Kito! 

18 May 18

It didn’t take Dudley-born giraffe Kito long to find his feet at his new home – he’s already caught the eye of a female called Genevive.


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Asha’s big day 

17 May 18

Our lovely lioness Asha is celebrating her last year as a tweenager, as she turned 12 today.


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Asha’s big day 

17 May 18

Our lovely lioness Asha is celebrating her last year as a tweenager, as she turned 12 today.


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So long Kito! 

16 May 18

We’re saying a sad so long to our youngest giraffe Kito, who is leaving the Black Country for Bristol today.


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So long Kito 

16 May 18

We’re saying a sad so long to our youngest giraffe Kito, who is leaving the Black Country for Bristol today.


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Celebrating Elliot 

15 May 18

DZG’s new binturong Elliot arrived just in time to celebrate World Binturong Day today.


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Celebrating Elliot 

15 May 18

DZG’s new binturong Elliot arrived just in time to celebrate World Binturong Day today.


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Life’s a beach at DZG 

14 May 18

Life will soon be a beach for visitors to Dudley Zoo as we prepare to bring the fun of the seaside to our landlocked location.


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Brownies bunk with beasts 

13 May 18

A Kidderminster Brownie pack had a wild time when they bunked down with the beasts at Dudley Zoo.


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Cracking job Chris! 

12 May 18

DZG’s Chris Leeson has clinched our employee of the month title for his animal campaign work and helping run our stores.


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Gorgeous Gary 

11 May 18

Primate keepers have discovered our gorgeous lar gibbon baby is a boy and have called him Gary.


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Bumper Bank Holiday 

10 May 18

Dudley Zoo has enjoyed its busiest Bank Holiday weekend for decades, with more than 12,000 visitors over the three days.


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Baby spotting 

9 May 18

Spotting newborn animals at DZG has been made extra easy – even if they are as tiny as our adorable new pygmy marmoset.


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Five-a-day feasts 

8 May 18

Dudley Zoo’s new scarlet macaws are settling well into their luxury lodgings and lapping up their five-a-day feasts.


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Knot bad going! 

7 May 18

A handful of DZG keepers did knot take long to master a new rope tying technique to create stimulating toys for our animals.


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When Caidan met Kubwa 

6 May 18

Eight-year-old Caidan Price was certainly on a high after meeting Dudley Zoo’s giraffe family and feeding our handsome male Kubwa.


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All smiles 

5 May 18

Two lucky couples were all smiles after winning the terrific prize of tickling our tapirs during DZG’s World Tapir Day event.


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Binturong makes Dudley debut 

4 May 18

What has a feline face, a bear-like body, a tail like a monkey and smells of popcorn? It’s a binturong – the exciting new species at DZG.


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Babies spring up 

3 May 18

Dudley Zoo is celebrating a bundle of spring babies including a capuchin, a black lemur, a Barbary sheep and two bats.


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It’s all about macaques 

2 May 18

It’s International Macaque Week and DZG is raising awareness and funds for critically endangered cousins of our six macaques.


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Shake a leg! 

1 May 18

With just three days left to sign up for this year’s Walk on the Wild Side at Dudley Zoo, last-minute entrants better shake a leg! Our annual sponsored walk takes place this Saturday so there’s just time to dig out a fancy dress costume and add …


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Get set, Po! 

30 Apr 18

It will be a case of on your marks, get set, Po, when one of TV’s Teletubbies joins the Barnardo’s Big Toddle at Dudley Zoo.


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Piggin’ out 

29 Apr 18

Our six micro pigs had a cracking time when keepers laid on a post-Easter egg hunt for them.


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By George, what fun! 

28 Apr 18

More than 3,500 visitors joined us at Dudley Zoo for another fun-packed patriotic festival to celebrate St George.


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Talking tapirs 

27 Apr 18

Today is World Tapir Day and this weekend DZG will be giving two lucky raffle winners chance to tickle our tapirs.


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Spooky anniversary 

26 Apr 18

It’s the anniversary of the death of Dudley Castle’s most seen ghost, the Grey Lady – so keep an ear out for spooky sounds! Our Castle expert Amy Hickman says historically April 26 is the day people claim to have heard footsteps and a drum beat…


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Hi Geoffrey! 

25 Apr 18

It was a tall order when staff from a closing toy store delivered a giant giraffe mascot to his new home at Dudley Zoo.


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It’s your day Pingu! 

24 Apr 18

A former Dudley Zoo keeper who hand-reared our oldest penguin Pingu has sent an adorable snap – just in time for the bird’s 27 th birthday today.


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Where’s Pongo? 

23 Apr 18

Our Outreach team have a new red-haired recruit who’ll accompany them on their trips to shows and festivals.


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Happy Earth Day! 

22 Apr 18

It’s Earth Day and here at DZG we’re always looking at ways of doing things that don’t cost the earth! As the international awareness day celebrates the planet and focuses on the environmental issues it faces, our animals got to grips with …


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Kyra turns twelve 

21 Apr 18

DZG’s lovely lioness Kyra enjoyed a wonderfully lazy morning as she turned 12 today.


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Macaws move in 

20 Apr 18

Eight stunning scarlet macaws have winged their way to DZG and moved into our impressive, newly-built aviary.


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Langan’s a star! 

19 Apr 18

Our latest Employee of the Month, Langan Turner, came to the aid of some visitors who braved a blizzard to get to DZG.


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Hello little Zeus! 

18 Apr 18

DZG primate keepers have discovered our baby black and white ruffled lemur is a boy – and have called him Zeus.


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Date with the paranormal 

17 Apr 18

Thrill-seekers have just a few more days to snap up the last few tickets for our special Paranormal Evening at Dudley Castle.


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Bamboo banquet 

16 Apr 18

Offcuts from bamboo bushes at DZG have provided tasty treats for some of our animals.


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Bag more benefits 

15 Apr 18

Anyone wanting to become a DZG member will bag more than they bargained for as we’re adding extra benefits to the popular scheme.


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Animal architecture 

14 Apr 18

Our female guinea pigs are enjoying an extension to their castle enclosure – and its architecture is very in-keeping with DZG.


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Fire hose fun 

13 Apr 18

Keepers got to grips with fire hose to produce a heart-shaped enrichment device for our animals.


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Ebony’s exoskeleton 

12 Apr 18

Young school visitors can get an idea of the full scale of our super-sized spider, as we’ve boxed one of her moults.


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Calling all wildlife detectives 

11 Apr 18

Scouting and other community groups can become wildlife detectives at DZG – thanks to an exciting new quiz booklet in our activity packs.


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Great ape fundraiser 

10 Apr 18

We’re delighted to reveal our Ape Awareness Day pulled in more than £500 to help great apes in the wild and our own at Dudley Zoo.


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DZG rocks! 

9 Apr 18

Dudley Zoo is joining the nation’s treasure-hunt trend by hiding three beautifully painted rocks around our 40-acre site.


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Top of the camera class 

8 Apr 18

Two DZG staff members zoomed in on their camera skills at a photography course in Birmingham.


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Fly in for bat day! 

7 Apr 18

Visitors can learn more about the many species of bats hanging around DZG as we mark International Bat Appreciation Day.


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Wendy’s tears of joy 

6 Apr 18

Our seven chimps were fed by one of their biggest fans when DZG member Wendy Gray was given a Close Encounter experience.


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Huge thanks Homebase 

5 Apr 18

Huge thanks to Homebase Oldbury who donated a van load of plants to us for our Songbird Crisis campaign.


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When Majik met Jack! 

4 Apr 18

Ferrets Majik and Jack had a blast when DZG’s Education Team made them an indoor playground to see if they hit it off.







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