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Welcome Kadida! 

21 Feb 18

DZG’s first ever gelada baboon female has a pretty new name – thanks to our Facebook fans! We invited our followers to pick their favourite name from a choice of three and we’re delighted to reveal she’s now called Kadida.

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Close encounters 

20 Feb 18

Half-term visitors got up close and personal with some of our creepy crawlies as we started spreading the word about our support for a global conservation project.

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Scent-sational playtime 

19 Feb 18

We’re offering to recycle your unwanted perfumes and aftershaves, so we can provide scent-sational playtime for our rarest animals! document.

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Learn about our lar gibbons 

18 Feb 18

Learn more about our family of lar gibbons during half term QA sessions.

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Meet our naked mole rats! 

17 Feb 18

We’re very excited to introduce a brand new animal species to the DZG collection – meet our naked mole rats! These weird and wonderful creatures arrived from Chester Zoo earlier this week and are settling into their specially-built burrow in the …

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Happy Year of the Dog! 

16 Feb 18

It’s Chinese New Year and we’re celebrating the Year of the Dog with Diallo, Ochi, Gamba and Subira.

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Snow leopards move in! 

15 Feb 18

Snow leopards Taïga and Margaash couldn’t wait to start exploring their newly extended £50,000 enclosure, which has been completed just in time for half term.

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Providing Valentine love nests! 

14 Feb 18

Here at DZG we’re as passionate about our native species as we are about our exotic animals.

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Serving up pan-da-cakes! 

13 Feb 18

Keepers tossed aside the traditional Shrove Tuesday pancake recipe when serving up the savoury treats for our red pandas this morning.

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We’re tickled pink! 

12 Feb 18

We’re tickled pink to discover our newborn gelada baboon baby is a GIRL!! She’s the first gelada baboon female we’ve had born at DZG as our other four youngsters have all been boys.

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Final touches to leopard enclosure 

11 Feb 18

We’re putting final touches to the snow leopard extension which is almost ready for our big cat pair to move into! It was a team effort as keepers from across the site joined forces with our Dudley College students to spread just 12 tonnes of wood …

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Getting to grips! 

10 Feb 18

Lorikeet Lookout offers visitors the chance to get even closer to our animals – and as Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright has discovered some get a bit too close for comfort! document.

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Remembering Jet 

9 Feb 18

It seems our visitors loved our male Asiatic lion, Jetpur, as much as we did as we’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of sales of memorabilia featuring his photo over the last week.

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Steph’s best day 

8 Feb 18

Steph Meakin had the “best day” of her life when she became a DZG keeper for the day.

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2018 Outreach gets underway! 

7 Feb 18

We had a weekend of firsts as we kicked off our 2018 Outreach programme by taking our new DZG monkey mascot on his first trip out! Our Outreach team were at Walsall FC on Saturday with a few of our smaller critters, biofacts and face painters prior …

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Romy laps up new feeder! 

6 Feb 18

Giant anteater, Romy, is lapping up her new enrichment device.

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More news from the baboon bank! 

5 Feb 18

We’ve even more exciting news from our Baboons on the Bank as we’ve had another baby! The newest addition to the ever-growing troop was born on January 25 to mum, Tana and dad Ebano, and its arrival comes just five weeks after the birth of half-…

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Conference brings new ideas 

4 Feb 18

DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, has a host of new ideas to try out after attending the BIAZA Field Conservation Conference.

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Reptile House birth 

3 Feb 18

A Tokay gecko has been born in the Reptile House.

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Help us shout the news! 

2 Feb 18

Our lar gibbons are helping us shout the news from the treetops that DZG has been named as a finalist in the What’s On Readers’ Awards – but we need YOUR votes to help clinch the top spot! We’re delighted to discover Dudley Zoological Gardens…

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No mucking around! 

1 Feb 18

With our exotic animals producing an average of 29 tonnes of waste every month, two new custom made muck trailers are proving to be very useful for DZG keepers! The large trailers, made locally for us by Kaytow in Brierley Hill, carry a tonne of …

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Dendi the adventurer! 

31 Jan 18

Climbing a wooden log can seem a mountainous task when you’re a five-week-old gelada baboon.

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Death of Jetpur 

29 Jan 18

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of DZG’s majestic male Asiatic lion, Jetpur.

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DZG animals help woo valentines! 

29 Jan 18

Every day is Valentine’s Day for our loved-up Humboldt penguins, who pair for life, so why not let them help woo your loved one this forthcoming February 14.

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Recycled hideaways 

28 Jan 18

Our smallest Discovery Centre critters are finding new uses for empty festive chocolate and biscuit boxes.

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Make tracks to DZG! 

27 Jan 18

There’s just a few weeks left of our free return offer, so why not make tiger tracks to DZG and enjoy a refreshing winter walk around the 40-acre site to learn about some of the world’s rarest animals.

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Gravel keeps feet neat! 

26 Jan 18

DZG’s three giraffes are keeping their feet neat following a fresh delivery of gravel.

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Luna loses spots and stripes 

25 Jan 18

Our littlest Brazilian tapir, Luna, has almost lost all her distinctive baby spots and stripes.

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Surveying birds 

24 Jan 18

We’re highlighting the world’s biggest wildlife survey this weekend with the Big Garden Birdwatch.

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Chairlift’s annual assessment 

23 Jan 18

We’re awaiting the arrival of independent assessors to carry out the annual safety check of our popular chairlift.

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DZG achieves VAQAS award 

22 Jan 18

We’re celebrating after achieving our 16th consecutive VisitEngland Accreditation Certificate.

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Snakes pair up! 

21 Jan 18

We’ve introduced a new breeding pair of snakes in the Reptile House following the arrival of a female to DZG.

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Raising penguin awareness 

20 Jan 18

We’re celebrating the wonderful world of penguins today as we raise awareness about the fascinating flightless birds.

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Farm’s new arrivals 

19 Jan 18

We’ve had 18 new critters hatch in the farm barn – but you’ll have to look really hard to spot them! As the tiny Peleng stick insect nymphs are only a few centimetres in size and as their name implies, they can easily camouflage themselves …

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Beautiful native birds 

18 Jan 18

We’ve been surveying the native birds living on our 40-acre site with help from Brewood Ringers and discovered some real beauties.

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Garden centre helps out 

17 Jan 18

We’re sending huge thanks to Willowbrook Garden Centre in Bromsgrove, who have kindly donated surplus potted Christmas trees for our new snow leopard enclosure.

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Gelada reveals gender! 

16 Jan 18

Watch as our Gelada baboon dad, Ebano, reveals the gender of his latest newborn… document.

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Pledging panda help 

15 Jan 18

Our red pandas, Yasmin and Gawa, are two of our most popular animals on site and we’re proud to pledge our support to helping their endangered cousins in the wild for the next five years.

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Chimps’ post-festive boost 

14 Jan 18

Surplus fresh cranberries provided a winter boost for our seven chimpanzee girls.

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Birthday party promotions! 

13 Jan 18

Calling all mums and dads, if you fancy organising a birthday party with a difference for your little monkey this year, then look no further than DZG.

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Thanks for the support! 

12 Jan 18

Huge thanks to two zoo members who have collectively raised £640 for our Orangutan Appeal with products made from their fab photos of our animals.

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Bench remembers Paul 

11 Jan 18

We ’ re remembering DZG gardener, Paul Oakley, with a memorial wooden bench located in the area where he used to tend.

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Charlie’s treats! 

10 Jan 18

Blue and gold macaw, Charlie, is getting stuck into new toys and treats following a festive donation from her adopter.

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Winter ready 

9 Jan 18

Our four Patagonian sealions are bulking up during winter.

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Tree-mendous fun! 

8 Jan 18

Festive firs from our Winter Wonderland Santa’s grotto are proving to be tree-mendous fun for DZG’s animals.

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Jorong’s all smiles! 

7 Jan 18

We’re wishing many happy returns to our handsome birthday boy, Jorong, who’s 23 today! And our gorgeous Bornean orangutan is all smiles as he’s heard from the zoo’s finance department that we’re starting 2018 with £223,000 raised towards …

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Narna loves her fruit! 

6 Jan 18

Narna, our Egyptian fruit bat is certainly making sure she’s getting her five-a-day this New Year – just look how much fruit she’s trying to munch on in one go! Keepers snapped the cheeky three-year-old with her feet full of strawberry and her …

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Enclosure spruce up! 

5 Jan 18

As we begin disassembling the decorations for another year, we’re appealing for donations of POTTED Christmas trees to help spruce up some of our enclosures.

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And the winning project is… 

4 Jan 18

The visitor votes are in and the winning 2018 animal redevelopment project is the Sumatran tiger enclosure.

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An extra head to count… 

3 Jan 18

Keepers have an extra head to count in this year’s census following the birth of a gelada baboon.

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