Our four dogs went wild with papier mâché zebra enrichment. Keepers got crafty to make the zebra – a natural prey animal of the dog – which they sprayed with an array of tantalizing scents, before adding it the paddock and letting out the siblings – brothers Diallo, Ochi, Gamba and sister, Subira – to find … Continue reading Zebra sends dogs wild!
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
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
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
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
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
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!
We’re wishing our bush dog sisters a very happy 3rd birthday today! Scarlet, Ruby and Rioja arrived at DZG in March and quickly made an impression on keepers. Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans, said: “They’re very cheeky and like following keepers around the enclosure and as soon as they spot one of us they run up to … Continue reading A trio of birthday girls!
We’re dipping back into the zoo archives today as part of our Throwback Thursday 80th anniversary year and this month we’re featuring our polar bears. DZG held polar bears from opening day until 1989, who all lived in one of the most iconic Tecton enclosures on site. Zoo architects adapted an existing ravine to provide a … Continue reading Throwback Thursday
We’ve welcomed back bush dogs to the DZG collection following a five-year absence. Three year-old sisters, Scarlet, Ruby and Rioja have joined us from Twycross Zoo. Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans, said: “We’re really pleased to have bush dogs again, especially a young pack. “We’ve returned them to the enclosure where our last pack lived, which … Continue reading Bush dogs are back!