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Llama drama 

23 Mar

I wish I could remember where I had this image from.

We’ve got Easter cracked! 

23 Mar

DZG has a cracking variety of activities lined up for our Easter visitors including new play equipment, fun on the Farm and egg-stra talk times about our amazing animals.

We have lift-off! 

22 Mar

Our vintage chairlift is ready for lift-off after undergoing its annual inspection.

Knight to remember! 

21 Mar

Visitors could be in for a knight to remember as our first Dudley Castle tour of the year zooms in on knights and armour.

Bat baby boom 

20 Mar

DZG is celebrating the patter of six pairs of tiny feet – after a bat baby boom in our Castle Creatures exhibit.

Percy Grainger collection now partly online and public 

19 Mar

The British Library has released a large collection of English folk song recordings made by Percy Grainger.

Simply Ewe 

19 Mar

It's Easter time here at Make my Monday.

Snow beautiful! 

19 Mar

It looked snow beautiful at DZG as some of our animals explored the white stuff.

AR12702 – Catch It Before It’s Gone! 

18 Mar

Over the past few days a small emerging flux region has developed in the suns northern hemisphere, initially this was a bright area in both Ha and CaK wavelengths, however now a small group of spots have developed.

Bubbles for Barbie! 

18 Mar

Keepers broke out the bubbles today to celebrate Barbie’s 40 th birthday down in our chimp enclosure.

Birds going cheep! 

17 Mar

DZG has taken delivery of its own collection of colourful songbirds to help in an international crisis – but these are the soft and cuddly kind! Our Safari Shop is selling a selection of plush birds which make an authentic bird call – and for ...

Desmona the Dodo 

16 Mar

Our sponsor this week at Colour Crazy Challenge is Di Digi This is one of their images called Desmond the dodo , I love him he's a bit quirky.

Happy macaque day! 

16 Mar

Today is International Macaque Day – and we’re marking the occasion by pledging to help save macaques in the wild over the next five years.

Tender tapir moment 

15 Mar

A beautiful moment between our mum and daughter Brazilian tapirs has been captured on camera.

New reptile resident 

14 Mar

A new Amazon Tree boa has arrived at DZG and gone on display in our Reptile House.

Tipping the scales! 

13 Mar

Keepers have been getting the measure of creatures down on the DZG Farm – with some new digital scales.

Saving Asia’s songbirds 

12 Mar

Dudley Zoo has added its voice to a global conservation campaign to save millions of Asian songbirds from extinction.

Take a Journey To The Sun on The Parker Solar Probe 

11 Mar

Want to get the hottest ticket this summer without standing in line? NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names online to be placed on a microchip aboard NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe mission launching in summer 2018.

Celebrating Barbara! 

11 Mar

We’re wishing mums of all species a Happy Mother’s Day today – especially our first-time mum Barbara, the black lemur.

Wakey wakey! 

10 Mar

DZG is urging animal lovers to set their alarm clocks and come and wake up some of the world’s rarest animals.

Gina Giraffe 

9 Mar

My inspiration for the latest challenge at Colour Crazy Challenge This week we have blog candy to give away pop over to the blog and have a look.

Romy’s regime 

9 Mar

Romy, our adorable giant anteater, has been given her own weekly workout to keep her occupied through the night.

Appealing souvenirs 

8 Mar

An award-winning artist has added her support to our £800,000 orang appeal by creating a superb souvenir exclusively for DZG.

Hot stew on menu! 

7 Mar

Keepers cooked up a warming stew for our seven chimpanzee girls during the latest cold snap.

Snow much fun! 

6 Mar

Heavy snowfall brought snow much fun for some DZG animals – including our lionesses who demolished a snowman in seconds.


5 Mar

This is my latest card for the Make My Monday Challenge The theme is use Silver or Gold.

Mole rat medicals 

5 Mar

Keepers caught up with our fascinating naked mole rats to give them health checks and new names.

Ex-AR12699 Nothing More Than Decaying Plage – 4th March 

4 Mar

Ex AR12699 made it's return over the weekend, however sadly activity in the region has decayed significantly, and despite hopes there would be some sunspots left all that has returned is an area of decaying plage.

Make mum’s day! 

4 Mar

DZG is helping make mums feel special this Mother’s Day – by treating them to a free day-out.

Down Under to Dudley! 

3 Mar

Our latest little zoo keeper came from the other side of the world to spend a memorable day taking care of our animals.

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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

Advertiser 18 Dec 1915 Advertiser 25 Dec 1915 BRIERLEY HILL SOLDIER’S DEATH.

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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