Conservation

Name our animals!

Can you help us name our meerkats or flamingos? We’ve discovered 18 of our Chilean flamingos and 13 meerkats don’t have official names on their zoo record, only identification numbers and we want to try and rectify that before Christmas with unique adoptions! Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, said: “Every animal on site has a permanent Continue reading Name our animals!

Benji's 40!

We’re wishing our oldest and much-loved Bornean orangutan, Benji, a very happy 40th birthday today! Keepers surprised the birthday boy with a piñata for his big day, which he discovered hanging from his outdoor climbing frame this morning, filled with tasty treats to enjoy. He’s had a busy weekend celebrating his milestone with hundreds of visitors, Continue reading Benji’s 40!

Homes for native raptors

The first of our owl and kestrel nesting boxes have arrived on site – and it’s all thanks to the generous visitors to our August Bank Holiday Raptor Day celebrations. During the summer holiday fundraiser, where you helped us raise a whopping £869.95, bird keepers spoke to visitors about the plight of British birds of Continue reading Homes for native raptors

Celebrating red pandas

It’s International Red Panda Day and we’re celebrating with Yasmin and Gawa. This beautiful species is listed as endangered, with the IUCN Red List estimating the population in their native mountainous forests in the Himalayan region of East India to be fewer than 10,000. Curator Richard Brown, said: “Red pandas have faced a 50 per Continue reading Celebrating red pandas

Raptor Day a flyaway success!

A HUGE thank you to our Bank Holiday visitors who made our first ever Raptor Day a flyaway success and helped us raise a whopping £869.95! Thousands of people visited the 11th century castle courtyard to see our birds of prey, which included harris hawks, a red-footed falcon, common buzzard and a Northern White-faced Owl, Continue reading Raptor Day a flyaway success!

Community Conservation Day

Visitors can find out more about the work of local nature groups during our first Community Conservation Day today. Organised by DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, the event allows local friends groups to promote their work. Chris said: “The groups will be setting up stands in the castle courtyard and talking to visitors about our Continue reading Community Conservation Day

Great day for apes!

Huge thanks to DZG visitors who helped us raise £503 during International Orangutan Day. Primate keepers manned an information stand, as they raised awareness about the threats facing the critically endangered Bornean orangutan. And through orang-themed raffles and sales of nectar pots in Lorikeet Lookout we were delighted to raise the funds, which we’re splitting Continue reading Great day for apes!

Learn more about raptors

Bank holiday visitors can help us save barn owls and kestrels today during our fundraising raptor event. Join bird keeper, Kriss Pearson in the 11th century castle courtyard throughout the day, when he’ll be raising funds and awareness about the plight of some of our native birds of prey – with the help of a Continue reading Learn more about raptors