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Publication: 30th October 2013

DZG's Bird Keeper, Luke Millar, keeps a close eye on Boomer the baby Rhea

Playtime for baby Rhea..

DZG’s hand reared baby rhea is starting to explore the outdoors during supervised playtimes. The bird, who has been named Boomer, was hatched in an incubator after it was abandoned as an egg. Keepers are hand raising the youngster and have started to introduce it to the outside world with regular playtimes out on the grass.

Publication: 29th October 2013

Take a trip down memory lane at Cadbury World: Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 November

Cadbury World will be casting light on the history of the Cadbury brand with its specially-themed Heritage Weekends this autumn.

Publication: 28th October 2013

Bringing out the dead for innovative event at Library of Birmingham

Bringing out the dead for innovative event at Library of Birmingham

An ambitious project will, for one day only, resurrect the legendary figures of the industrial age, including War of the Worlds writer H.G. Wells, Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, and Birmingham’s celebrated industrialists including Matthew Boulton and other members of the Lunar Society.

Publication: 27th October 2013

Design a new tie for BBC Midlands Today presenter Nick Owen

The Big Draw is coming to BBC Birmingham’s Public Space!

Come and take part in the Big Draw during half term at BBC Birmingham and design BBC Midlands Today presenter Nick Owen a new tie!

Publication: 27th October 2013

Family Arts Festival at BBC Birmingham

‘Eye-boggling’ Tours at BBC Birmingham this half term!

As part of the first ever UK-wide Family Arts Festival, we’re running tours around our TV and radio studios for the whole family to enjoy next week.

Publication: 25th October 2013

Last chance to see Giant Atlas Moths this year at the Stratford Butterfly Farm!

Last chance to see Giant Atlas Moths this year at the Stratford Butterfly Farm!

Visitors to the Stratford Butterfly Farm will be able to see up to 50 stunning Giant Atlas Moths before they hibernate for the winter during the October half term. The Giant Moth is considered to be the largest moth in the world with a wingspan of up to 30cms. Scientifically known as Attacus atlas, the moth originates from South East Asia.

Publication: 25th October 2013

Maggie Love will be holding pumpkin-carving classes at the Darwin Centre in half term.

Youngsters invited to learn pumpkin carving for Halloween

Shrewsbury’s busy Darwin Shopping Centre has gone pumpkin potty as it gears up for a spooktacular Halloween celebration. They’ve taken delivery of a pile of giant pumpkins and will be staging special half-term Halloween pumpkin carving classes at a workshop at the centre on Wednesday, October 30.

Publication: 24th October 2013

DZG staff move the Safari Shop sign to the temporary unit as Tecton repair work gets underway.

Safari Shop's temporary home...

Restoration work on some of DZG’s Tecton buildings has prompted a temporary relocation of the site's Safari Shop. As repair work is currently underway on the large shop area at the entrance of the zoo site, staff have moved the shop’s contents and sign to the unit adjacent to the vintage chairlift, allowing visitors the opportunity to continue buying souvenirs of their day out at DZG.

Publication: 24th October 2013

Presenter, Pam Midwood, prepares for a fang-tastic Hallowe'en half term at DZG!

Fang-tastic half term fun at Dudley Zoological Gardens...

Prepare to be very scared this Hallowe'en at Dudley Zoolgical Gardens... Staff are gearing up for a fang-tastic half term with lots of spooky-goings on running throughout the week including daily ghost walks at 2.15pm and 4pm and an additional creepy critter talk in the Go Wild! Theatre at 1.15pm.

Publication: 23rd October 2013

Half Term Family Entertainment at Cadbury World (21st - 25th October 2013)

During half term, an entertainer will be performing in our on-site marquee to entertain all the family during your visit.

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