Big cats

Recycling purchases birthday gift!

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 lynx, which keepers wrap around wooden posts in their enclosures. Following the recent replacement Continue reading Recycling purchases birthday gift!

Asha's 11 today!

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. “But she’s quite a character, so she’s always a favourite with keepers.” In celebration of her birthday, keepers will be treating the big cat to her Continue reading Asha’s 11 today!

Supervising Sumatrans

Sumatran tigers, Daseep and Joao, kept a very close eye on site contractors by watching their every move! Workers have replaced the wooden walkway leading to their viewing window with a smarter tarmacked path, which is also less maintenance for staff. Curator Richard Brown, said: “The tigers were kept inside during times when loud machinery was Continue reading Supervising Sumatrans

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air across DZG’s 40-acre site for the many furry, feathered, prickly and scaly couples who have been carefully matched as part of vital breeding programmes to ensure the continuing survival of the world’s rarest animals. And one-year-old snow leopard, Taïga, who has formed one of our newest pairs Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day!

Recognition for tiger funds

DZG’s conservation work for critically endangered Sumatran tigers have earned us a Silver Certificate from 21st Century Tiger in recognition of our fundraising efforts The certificate acknowledges the £1,000 we donated to the charity last year, bringing our running total to £7,945. Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “ We raised £686.72 through our Global Tiger Continue reading Recognition for tiger funds

Naughty Taïga!

Snow leopard, Taïga, has been up to mischief and broken the enclosure’s waterfall! Big cat keepers couldn’t fathom how the water pipe had been removed from the pool, until zoo member, Karen Edwards shed light on the mystery when she caught the one year-old red handed on camera and showed us the photos! Senior Keeper Continue reading Naughty Taïga!