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DZG comes up trumps – again! 

22 Feb

Dudley Zoo’s gorgeous snow leopard Taïga will be seen up and down the country – as her face features in a new exciting edition of Top Trumps.

Welcome Kadida! 

21 Feb

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.

Close encounters 

20 Feb

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.

Glitter Trees 

19 Feb

My inspiration card for this months challenge at Make my Monday.

Scent-sational playtime 

19 Feb

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

Learn about our lar gibbons 

18 Feb

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

A Blank Sun on Saturday – 17th February 

17 Feb

After the excitement of the recent active region (ar12699) the sun has returned to a blank and quiet state more typical of our star as it descends into solar minimum.

Meet our naked mole rats! 

17 Feb

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 ...

Missed It 

16 Feb

It's a new challenge at Colour Crazy Craft Challenge The theme is as always Anything Goes This image is from our sponsor for this challenge, Createful Heart Digis, and is called Hedgehog Happy Dance I've coloured the image with Prisma Pencils.

Happy Year of the Dog! 

16 Feb

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

Snow leopards move in! 

15 Feb

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.

Providing Valentine love nests! 

14 Feb

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

Serving up pan-da-cakes! 

13 Feb

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

We’re tickled pink! 

12 Feb

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.

Ha Full Disk – 11th February 

11 Feb

The sun is getting ever higher with each passing day now, and each day gives an ever so slightly longer window for observation as old yellow rise clears the roof tops and trees of the urban skyline.

Final touches to leopard enclosure 

11 Feb

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 ...

Getting to grips! 

10 Feb

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.

A Quick and Dirty Full Disk: 9th February 

9 Feb

I got away from work early on Friday afternoon, and to my surprise the sun was visible in the slimmest of gaps, that is viewing with the scope through an open front door with passing cloud! I decided to try the ED60 f6 with the Lunt wedge for a quick...

Remembering Jet 

9 Feb

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.

A New Setup For The 2018 Solar Season 

8 Feb

It's a new year and while we may be on a downward trend in this solar cycle there is still plenty to see on out star.

Steph’s best day 

8 Feb

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

2018 Outreach gets underway! 

7 Feb

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 ...

Romy laps up new feeder! 

6 Feb

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

Ivy Circles 

5 Feb

This card is for the Make my Monday challenge The theme this time is 3 or more circles.

More news from the baboon bank! 

5 Feb

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-...

Sunday Sunshine – 4th February 

4 Feb

The weather has not been in any way lending towards observing the sun this winters season, endless cloud and grey is not the way toward seeing what is happening 150 million kilometres from Earth.

Conference brings new ideas 

4 Feb

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

Reptile House birth 

3 Feb

A Tokay gecko has been born in the Reptile House.

Help us shout the news! 

2 Feb

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...


1 Feb

Challenge time at Crafting with an Attitude This is an image from our sponsor This image has been put on craft card and coloured using Prisma pencils.

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Volunteers Christmas Meal 

31 Jan

On Wednesday January 24th 2018 we held our ‘Volunteers Christmas Meal’.

Rowley, John Thomas 

20 Jun

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Terror, being a man, and my son Ben 

4 Jun

I had my son in bed with me again last night because he was frightened.

River Stour Clean-up – Sunday 14th May 

1 May

River Stour clean-up event Date: Sunday14th May Time: 10.15 for 10.30 Place: Still to be decided Other dates: June 11th, July 16th, August 20th Please email Rosanne for further information  rosanneadams@yahoo.

Abortion rights and the wider struggle: a call to arms 

28 Jan

In this week of unfolding dystopia, there is a lot going on.

To my 7 year old daughter on the day of #Womensmarch 

21 Jan

To my lovely baby You belong to you.

Further Ed is vital for a healthy democracy: 5 fatal flaws need changing to let it flourish 

17 Jan

I trained to teach in FE in 2004 and since then have had the privilege of sharing the journeys of hundreds of learners as they progress through college and on to bright futures.

Fight austerity, don’t scapegoat migrants: Midlands trades unionists respond to Coyne 

2 Jan

On Monday 2nd January, Unite West Midlands official Gerard Coyne addressed a Birmingham group of supporters as part of his campaign to take the Unite leadership from Len McCluskey.

Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Debate 

14 Dec

Margot James responds on behalf of the Government to a debate on corporate governance and social responsibility.

Business, Innovation and Skills Questions 

13 Dec

Margot James answers questions from MPs on subjects including the trends in the number of women on boards and support for the self-employed.

Retail Store Closure: Boxing Day 

13 Dec

Margot James responds to a Parliamentary debate resulting from an e-Petition on closure of retail stores on Boxing Day.

Transforming the Food System – A public talk and short film 

8 Dec

Transforming the Food System – A public talk and short film You are warmly invited to an evening on ‘Transforming the Food System’.

Scottish Questions 

24 Nov

Margot James answers MPs’ questions relating the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in Scotland.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Questions 

9 Nov

Margot James answers MPs’ questions in relation to counterfeit and substandard electrical goods, carbon monoxide alarms and opportunities for the development of small businesses.

Margot James responds to debate on workplace internships 

4 Nov

Margot James responds on behalf of the Government to the Second Reading of a Private Member’s Bill to ensure all workplace internships are paid the National Minimum Wage.

Margot James responds to a debate on the national living wage 

3 Nov

Margot James responds to a debate on the national living wage which has brought immense benefits and seen wages for the low paid rise more than twice as much as those on average or higher pay around the country.

MP’s Stourbridge Careers Evening less than 2 weeks away 

1 Nov

Local MP and Business Minister Margot James will be hosting her next ‘Aspirations Event’, a Careers Evening, on Friday 11th November at the Glasshouse College in Stourbridge.

Margot James responds to BHS debate 

20 Oct

Margot James responds to a Parliamentary Backbench Business Committee debate on the governance of British Home Stores.

Halloween happenings at Dudley Castle 

20 Oct

Chance to witness ghostly goings on at haunted venue.

Chef Evans, due process, and equality fights 

15 Oct

***Content warning – may be triggering in relation to sexual assault and rape*** I wanted to write something briefly on this in solidarity with the opening up of pain and frustration I have seen from lots and lots of women I admire and value and ...

MP announces 2016 Careers Evening 

10 Oct

Local MP and Business Minister Margot James is hosting her next Aspirations Event, a Careers Evening, on Friday 11th November at the Glasshouse College in Stourbridge.

Leave Means Leave, but only if Donald Trump Wins 

25 Sep

This site has not hidden the notion we DO NOT trust Theresa May's government to get the best deal for the British in our exit negotiations, the reasons are simple, she is a strong remain MP, she loves Europe, worst of all she refuses to introduce any...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Questions 

14 Sep

Margot James answers MPs’ questions in relation to white goods product recall and employment protections.

Faulty Tumble Dryers (Fire Risk) Debate 

13 Sep

Margot James responds on behalf of the Government to an adjournment debate on fire risk of faulty tumble dryers.

Harvest 2016! 

12 Sep

Hello Everyone We are excited to be preparing for the Harvest season.

Welcome Back! September 2016 

5 Sep

Hi All The BCFB Warehouse is open as usual, Monday to Friday 9am-2pm.

Vote Elane for FE disabled rep, NEC 

3 Sep

This week ballot papers will arrive for a UCU NEC by-election for FE disabled members rep.

The Single Market CON 

31 Aug

So Theresa is holding a big meeting at checkers, well don't hold your breath on the outcome, as most of her EU loving team want to submit to the EU's threats, made by the EU's autocratic unelected dictatorial masters.

May’s Honeymoon Is Over 

4 Aug

All over the UK good and true Conservatives are worried that the “Remain” team inside this new cabinet will NOT deliver our Exit to Britain's best advantage.

Playing the race card: Smith and working class identity politics 

26 Jul

Women workers’ banner at the black country museum workers institute It wasn’t too many decades ago that it was the tories who attacked the Labour party with the race card – if you want X for a neighbour vote Labour and all of that.

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