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
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!
A change in fur colour has revealed our first rare black lemur baby to be a girl! The three-month-old was born to first-time mum, Barbara and dad, Bryan on May 15 and has been named Kimmy by keepers. Despite the species name, only the males are black in colour, as the females turn brown a … Continue reading Black lemur sex revealed…
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
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!
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
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