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Nicola flies through bird course 

28 May 17

DZG’s Nicola Wright, is celebrating after flying through a course about managing birds of prey.

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Love DZG! 

27 May 17

It’s Love Your Zoo Week and we’re encouraging visitors to love DZG as much as we do! Throughout half term we’ll be running lots of love-themed activities to help spread the message about our conservation, education and research work with some …

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A deluxe donation 

26 May 17

Some of DZG’s tiniest native critters have a new deluxe home, thanks to talented members of a Dudley charity.

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Throwback Thursday 

25 May 17

We’re dipping back into DZG’s archives today and returning to the beginning, 80 years ago… It was Monday, May 17 1937 and was the first bank holiday after DZG’s opening and we were once again making headlines when 250,000 visitors flocked to …

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George makes the cut! 

24 May 17

A new apprentice member of staff is making the cut as part of our gardening team.

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A very special baby! 

23 May 17

We’ve got exciting news as we’ve had the first rare black lemur birth at DZG in over a decade.

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Recycling purchases birthday gift! 

22 May 17

Birthday boy, Margaash, is looking forward to a new scratching post after keepers recycled the old chairlift rope to raise funds! The snow leopard, who is seven today, loves playing with the heavy duty rope, as do our Sumatran tigers and Carpathian …

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Castle tours continue 

21 May 17

We’ve released further dates for our tours and talks of Dudley Castle as we raise funds to fund the ongoing upkeep of the 11 th century scheduled ancient monument.

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Be bold for Barnardo’s 

20 May 17

Be bold and help us raise money for Barnardo’s in this year’s Big Toddle.

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An adventurous agouti! 

19 May 17

Our Azara’s agouti are enjoying a new shelter in their Lorikeet Lookout enclosure.

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Ha-pea primates! 

18 May 17

We’re celebrating National Vegetarian Week here at DZG and Thursdays mean peas are on today’s menu for some of our primates.

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Asha’s 11 today! 

17 May 17

Our beautiful Asiatic lioness, Asha is 11 today! Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans, said: “Asha is mellowing as she gets older, as she has been known to be quite feisty.

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Zoovenir mugs in stock! 

16 May 17

Our special anniversary zoovenir mugs have arrived in stock and we reserved the first one for the talented young designer himself! Jenson Hodges, from Wolverhampton, was judged the winner of our children’s mug competition, after impressing judges …

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Termite fun for Romy 

15 May 17

Final touches are being put to an extension of giant anteater, Romy’s enclosure, which includes a two-metre-tall termite mound.

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Malaika’s enrichment extravaganza! 

14 May 17

DZG’s chimpanzees enjoyed an enrichment party in celebration of Malaika’s 29 th birthday! Keepers decorated their outdoor paddock with blankets, sheets and pillow cases and left a variety of treats and items for them to play with – and birthday…

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Daisy moo-ves off site! 

13 May 17

Our much-loved model cow, Daisy, has moo-ved off site for a spruce up, as part of our £90,000 farm redevelopment.

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Derek’s on air! 

12 May 17

Zoo Director, Derek Grove, spoke about DZG’s anniversary celebrations and future conservation plans when he guest starred on Black Country Talking Newspaper and Magazine.

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A trio of birthday girls! 

11 May 17

We’re wishing our bush dog sisters a very happy 3 rd birthday today! Scarlet, Ruby and Rioja arrived at DZG in March and quickly made an impression on keepers.

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Rare monkey arrivals 

10 May 17

We’ve reintroduced two critically endangered new world monkeys to the DZG collection, a decade after we last held the species.

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Simon clocks up 25 years! 

9 May 17

There was meerkat cake all round as Accounts Supervisor, Simon Beattie, clocked up his 25 th year at DZG.

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Celebrating 80 in style! 

8 May 17

The rain didn’t dampen our spirits on Saturday as we celebrated DZG’s 80 th anniversary in style Around 300 supporters braved the weather to join us as we raised money towards a new outdoor enclosure for our critically endangered Bornean …

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Peafowl back on site! 

7 May 17

Our colourful Indian peafowl are back out on site and following in the footsteps of the zoo’s first residents 80 years ago.

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Hip, hip, hooray, we’re 80 today! 

6 May 17

Three cheers for DZG as we turn 80 today! We’ve got a day of celebrations planned as we mark the zoo’s past, present and future.

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5 May 17

DZG featured on prime time television last night in BBC One’s The Truth About Stress.

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£450 for tapirs! 

4 May 17

Our Brazilian tapirs, Meena and Chico, had a fab bank holiday weekend as they helped raise £450 for World Land Trust, awareness for their endangered species and had lots of tickles from a few lucky zoo visitors! As part of our World Tapir Day …

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We heart macaques! 

3 May 17

It’s International Macaque Day and we’re raising awareness of this Old World monkey species.

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What a fab zoovenir! 

2 May 17

We’ve judged our children’s mug competition and are delighted to reveal our fab new anniversary zoovenir! Congratulations go to 12 year-old JENSON HODGES from Wolverhampton who submitted this colourful design featuring a variety of animals found …

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Enjoy extended opening 

1 May 17

Enjoy dusk at DZG as we extend our opening into the evening.

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Anniversary keyring 

30 Apr 17

K eep your keys safe in one place with an anniversary DZG keyring! The black and silver leather fob, featuring our celebratory 80 th logo, is available in the Safari Shop, priced at just £2.99.

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One week to go until the big 8-0! 

29 Apr 17

There’s one week to go until the big 8-0 and we’re looking forward to our celebrations! There’s still time to sign up for Take a Walk on the Wild Side – a 5k walk around the zoo site, past some of the rarest animals in the world, in aid of …

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Fancy tickling a tapir?! 

29 Apr 17

Don’t forget we’re celebrating World Tapir Day this weekend by offering visitors a chance to give DZG’s Meena and Chico a tickle.

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Search for Sally’s stickers! 

28 Apr 17

DZG’s Outreach Co-ordinator, Sally Skinner, is fully stocked with new colourful stickers ahead of her forthcoming summer season.

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We’re talking tapirs! 

27 Apr 17

It’s World Tapir Day and we’re raising awareness of this loveable, but endangered species.

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Farm revamp begins 

26 Apr 17

We’re starting work on a £90,000 revamp of our popular farmyard, which will allow visitors to get even closer to the animals.

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It’s World Penguin Day 

25 Apr 17

We’re celebrating our popular black and white aquatic birds today as it’s World Penguin Day! And we’re delighted to have raised £252.91 through our fundraising efforts on Sunday in aid of Sphenisco, which works to protect Humboldt penguins in …

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Thousands celebrate St George 

24 Apr 17

Thousands of visitors celebrated St George’s Day at DZG as we hosted the borough’s official celebrations.

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Pingu’s 26! 

24 Apr 17

Our oldest Humboldt penguin, Pingu, is celebrating his 26 th birthday today! He’s a very special penguin to DZG as he was one of the founding members of the zoo colony back in 1991 having been hand-reared by keepers.

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St George’s flag’s flying! 

23 Apr 17

England’s national flag is flying atop Dudley Castle as DZG celebrates St George’s Day.

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Celebrating Earth 

22 Apr 17

DZG’s Colombian black spider monkeys are helping us raise awareness of Earth Day with some themed enrichment.

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Happy birthday, Kyra! 

21 Apr 17

It’s Kyra’s birthday and our beautiful Asiatic lioness is 11 today! If you’re visiting the zoo, make sure you stop by Lion Ridge and wish her many happy returns! And why not treat the birthday girl to some goodies from our Amazon Wishlist? The …

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Throwback Thursday 

20 Apr 17

We’re looking back at DZG life as our 80th anniversary celebrations continue.

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Raising funds for penguins 

19 Apr 17

Ahead of next week’s World Penguin Day, we’ll be raising awareness and funds on Sunday for our most popular birds on site! Bird keepers will be raising money for Sphenisco, which works in Chile and Peru to save the Humboldt penguin from …

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Castle tours begin 

18 Apr 17

Fancy learning more about the 11 th century Dudley Castle in the heart of the zoological gardens? Our after hours talks and tours, led by former Castle Keeper, Adrian Durkin, begin on Friday evening and there’s still time to sign up.

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Hunting for eggs! 

17 Apr 17

Primate keepers made sure Bornean orangutans, Jazz and Sprout, weren’t left out of DZG’s Easter celebrations.

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Egg-stra special Easter treats 

16 Apr 17

The Easter bunny delivered an egg-stra special breakfast to our Asiatic short-clawed otters this morning.

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Chuck’s wallowing! 

15 Apr 17

Four year-old Micro pig, Chuck, had fun in the sun as he wallowed in the mud.

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Traditional Good Friday treats 

14 Apr 17

It’s Good Friday and some of DZG’s animals have traditional fare on the menu today.

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Join us for our 80th! 

13 Apr 17

There’s less than one month to go until we turn 80 and Take a Walk on the Wild Side for our critically endangered Bornean orangutans.

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Romy’s new home 

12 Apr 17

Romy, our female Giant Anteater, has moved house.

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11 Apr 17

Peepo! A young Bennett’s wallaby has made its debut appearance in the spring sunshine.

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