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It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of DZG's female giraffe, Mia.

The 11 year-old died yesterday after sustaining a fractured leg during the afternoon.

Zoo Director, Derek Grove, said: “Mia had been receiving regular veterinary treatment for her legs, unfortunately the fracture was inoperable.”

Draytom Manor Theme Park

Drayton Manor Theme Park is the first UK family owned theme park to hit the magic…zero!

It’s not often that nothing is celebrated, but when it comes to waste the award-winning Drayton Manor Theme Park loves to celebrate nothing, because this is exactly how much waste it sends to landfill, making it the first family owned theme park in the UK to achieve this.

Over the past few years, Drayton Manor, near Tamworth, Staffordshire, has invested considerable resources into planning and implementing a wide range of environmentally friendly policies, which have all contributed to waste reduction.

As a result of these policies, the park has officially reduced the total amount of waste it sends to the landfill! For example, around 50 tonnes of cardboard is crushed on-site and is taken away for recycling, instead of being taken to landfill.

Dudley Zoo Presenter Caroline Howard has received a top title for her studies.

Caroline is British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria’s (BIAZA) Joint Student of the Year for her Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) studies.

Caroline, who shares her title with Katie Webster, from Woburn Safari Park, explained: “I started my course in 2010 at Lakeland Wildlife Oasis and then moved to DZG where I completed it this year.

“My Special Study was on the impact of handling cockroaches on learning in classroom sessions and involved taking them into schools to teach students from ages 7 - 16 all about cockroaches and conservation.

The weekend's heavy snowfalls delighted and disappointed animals in equal measure at Dudley Zoological Gardens (DZG).

Snow leopards, red pandas and penguins couldn't wait to play in the chilly white blanket while giraffes, flamingos and lemurs opted for the cosiness of their internal dens.

But it wasn't all fun and games for keepers who struggled to move supplies across the 40-acre site and resorted to using sledges to transport foodstuffs to feed the zoo's 1300-strong collection.

Staff from West Midland Safari Park donned a variety of fancy dress costumes and regalia during a recent Fun Run and despite the awful weather conditions raised £2000 for animals in the wild that are facing extinction.


Of the 29 contestants, Oli Butler - who works in the Food & Beverage department - ran the fastest time (6.48mins). Rich Arnold - from the Leisure Area - leaped into the lead and won the prize for the best costume whilst Kathleen Glover from the Learning Department ran away with the prize for the most sponsorship raised by an individual totaling £600.