New Zealand holidaymakers, Susan, Oliver and Gemma Gosling found time in their busy itinerary to learn more about some of the world’s rarest animals here at DZG. The day of the visit coincided with 10 year-old Gemma’s birthday, who was treated to a Little Zoo Keeper experience, where she met some of the zoo’s tamer … Continue reading Overseas visitors
We’re going ape today in aid of International Orangutan Day, as we raise funds and awareness for these magnificent primates. Listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List, orangutans in Borneo and Sumatra are facing a real possibility of extinction within the next two decades. Join us for a one-off 12pm talk at the … Continue reading Orangutan awareness
Customer Services Team Member, Emma Dingley, is using her time operating the chairlift to help survey the site’s native birds. In between helping visitors on and off the two-minute vintage aerial ride, Emma is keeping an eagle eye out for feathered friends. DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, said: “We have lots of native wildlife on … Continue reading Eagle eyed, Emma!
We had a roarsome World Lion Day as visitors helped us raise a fantastic £663.83. Huge thanks to everyone who visited us at Lion Ridge on August 10 as we raised awareness of the threats Asiatic lions face. Senior Keeper Sarah Evans and Trainee Keeper Adam Davey manned an information stand throughout the day, where … Continue reading A grrr-eat amount for lions
We’ve had the first Violet Turaco to hatch at DZG in our 80 year history! The chick hatched on July 1 and can be spotted eagerly clambering around the branches in one of the triple aviaries. Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: “We’re really excited about the latest arrival, which is doing really well. “It’s … Continue reading First Violet Turaco
We’re continuing our Big Bug Bonanza by helping boost one of Britain’s most threatened moth species. We first began working with the barberry carpet moth in 1993 as we led a multi-zoo partnership to breed and release thousands into the wild. Twenty-four years on, we’re now helping reenergise the project by starting to grow the … Continue reading Boosting barberrys!
We’re joining a global campaign to celebrate the most majestic of all big cats today. It’s World Lion Day and we’re raising awareness of their plight on Planet Earth. We’ll be manning an information and biofact stand outside the one-acre enclosure throughout the day where visitors can discover the threats lions face and ways you … Continue reading Majestic lions
Discover the weird and wonderful world of bugs at DZG this week. We’re celebrating BIAZA’s Big Bug Bonanza with a variety of creepy crawly themed activities. Go on a bug hunt around the 40-acre zoo site and learn some fun facts along the way, as well as getting close to some invertebrates during handling sessions … Continue reading Going big on bugs!
We had a grrr-eat weekend raising funds and awareness for tigers as part of our Global Tiger Day celebrations. Through a daily meet and greet raffle, tiger face painting and sales of dress-up tiger ears and tails, we raised £549.96 for 21st Century Tiger, which does sterling work supporting conservation projects who are working to … Continue reading Grrr-eat tiger weekend
Visitors can keep track of fundraising efforts for our new £800,000 orang utan enclosure in our official appeal area. We’re planning to create an entirely separate outdoor exhibit for our popular Bornean orangutans and aim to start work within three years. To help us reach our target we’ve built a totaliser wall alongside the orangutan … Continue reading Orangutan appeal area