Big cats

Makalu's official adopters

We’re officially adopters of snow leopard, Makalu, who left us for Darjeeling Zoo six months ago. We’ve pledged to continue financially supporting the two-year-old leopard for the next five years and have received a certificate and paperwork in recognition of the donation. Curator Richard Brown, said: “Darjeeling Zoo is internationally recognised for its conservation work Continue reading Makalu’s official adopters

Snowies united!

There were head rubs galore when snow leopards, Margaash and Taïga, were united for the first time this week. The introductory process has been slowly monitored by DZG curators and big cat keepers over the last few weeks. But staff couldn’t be happier with this week’s development. Big cat keeper, Sarah Evans, said: “It went brilliantly. Continue reading Snowies united!

TripAdvisor thanks!

We’ve been awarded a TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence thanks to great feedback from visitors. The award reflects consistent high ratings about DZG left on the TripAdvisor travel website and the news was met with a regal nod of acknowledgment from our stunning Sumatran male tiger, Joao. Zoo Director, Derek Grove, said: “This accolade confirms Continue reading TripAdvisor thanks!

Santa helps snowies!

Our female snow leopard, Taïga, is settling into her new DZG home and this week also met Father Christmas, who has pledged to raise money towards our £100,000 big cat enclosure extension appeal. The work, which includes doubling the size of the outdoor snow leopard enclosure and installing a new viewing area and platform, is Continue reading Santa helps snowies!

Taïga's out!

Female snow leopard, Taïga, has taken her first steps into the outside enclosure. The one year-old has been off-show since her arrival earlier this month from Beauval ZooParc in France but was given access to the hardstand area this morning, with male, Margaash, separated in the main part of the enclosure. Assistant Curator, Jay Haywood, Continue reading Taïga’s out!

Sad Bart news

We’ve sad news about DZG’s oldest cat, Bart, who died this morning. Following consultations with the zoo’s veterinary team, keepers took the decision to put the 22 year-old Geoffroy’s cat to sleep after a deterioration of his health in recent days. Curator Richard Brown, said: “Bart had surpassed the life expectancy of a captive wild cat Continue reading Sad Bart news

Taïga arrives at DZG

We’re thrilled to welcome a new female snow leopard to DZG. One year-old Taïga arrived overnight from Beauval ZooParc in France to pair with our resident male, Margaash. Taïga, whose name is a Russian word meaning boreal forest or snow forest, will be kept off-show for the next few days and will slowly be introduced to six Continue reading Taïga arrives at DZG

It's officially autumn!

It’s officially autumn and we’ve reverted to reduced opening hours. Visitors will now be able to gain entry to DZG from 10am until 3pm, with the site closing 90 minutes later. Zoo Manager Matt Lewis, said: “At this time of year it drops dusk quite quickly out on site, so we always make sure all Continue reading It’s officially autumn!