Carnivore

Happy Year of the Dog!

It’s Chinese New Year and we’re celebrating the Year of the Dog with Diallo, Ochi, Gamba and Subira. To mark the occasion, keepers treated our four African wild dog siblings to some fun-filled themed enrichment boxes stuffed full of tantalising treats, as well as decorating the enclosure with colourful Chinese paper lanterns, which the dogs Continue reading Happy Year of the Dog!

And the winning project is...

The visitor votes are in and the winning 2018 animal redevelopment project is the Sumatran tiger enclosure. Since the summer holidays we’ve been asking all visitors who add the ten per cent voluntary donation to their entrance fee to vote for one of three major projects, involving either tigers, chimpanzees or bears and we had Continue reading And the winning project is…

Still time to vote

Time’s running out for visitors to help us choose our 2018 redevelopment project. Since the summer we’ve been asking all visitors who add the ten per cent voluntary donation to their entrance fee to vote for one of three major projects we’ve got in the pipeline involving either bears, tigers or chimpanzees. At the moment, Continue reading Still time to vote

Josh attends sealion meet

Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, has returned to DZG brimming with new ideas after attending a sealion training meeting. The two-day BIAZA certified course at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire covered a host of topics including the husbandry and training of aquatic mammals, enclosure design and enrichment. Josh said: “It was a really interesting course and it Continue reading Josh attends sealion meet

Treating Inca

DZG’s Asiatic black bear, Inca, is well and truly spoilt by keepers, who buy her tasty goodies each month. Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans, regularly spends her own money to treat the UK’s last remaining moon bear, with sugar-free jams including mixed fruit and strawberry, peanut butter, apple sauce and honey. Sarah said: “At 37 years-old Continue reading Treating Inca

Tiger awareness

Critically endangered Sumatrans, Daseep and Joao, will be helping us raise priceless awareness this Global Tiger Day. All eyes will be on our charismatic pair, who are great ambassadors for their wild cousins on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, where there are shockingly as few as 400 left of their smallest surviving tiger subspecies. Weekend Continue reading Tiger awareness

Birthday greetings

We’ve a birthday girl and boy on site today! Birthday boy, Oba, gets some fishy treats from Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans.  We’re wishing Patagonian sea lion, Oba, a very happy 17th birthday, while our littlest Sulawesi crested macaque, Summer, turns two! Summer’s dad, Simon, gets in on the snap with the birthday girl! Spot Summer Continue reading Birthday greetings

Voting visitors

We’re looking ahead to our 2018 redevelopment plans and inviting visitors to choose our next exciting animal project, involving either bears, tigers or chimpanzees. All visitors who add the ten per cent voluntary donation to their entrance fee will receive a token and be invited to vote for one of three major projects we’ve got Continue reading Voting visitors

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!