With autumn on its way this week we’ve reverted to our shorter winter hours today. We’re giving our animals an extra hour in bed as last entry is now 3pm, with the site closing 90 minutes later. The zoo will still open from 10am and the reduced opening hours will remain in place until Easter … Continue reading Reduced zoo opening
DZG staff celebrated the end of our busy summer season with a friendly football match and party in the castle courtyard. A team of zoo keepers took on the shop staff in the after hours game, and were cheered on by the rest of the staff on the sidelines. And the customer services team reigned … Continue reading Friendly football rivalries
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
Our Outreach team have a hot date on Saturday as they’re attending the Birmingham Extreme Chilli Festival in Brindleyplace. The event, in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital, will invite visitors to face their fears and we’ll be taking along a host of creepy crawlies for people to get up close and personal with, including Madagascan … Continue reading Outreach team’s hot date!
Training is on target for Chester, our Colombian Black Spider Monkey, thanks to the efforts of Keeper Jade Reddall. The Lower Primates section keeper has been busy station training Chester, the group’s nine-year-old dominant male. Jade said: “Whenever we have to try and give medication or do something to any of the other three monkeys … Continue reading Training on target
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
There are celebrations in the Tiger Tecton today as our beautiful Daseep celebrates her seventh birthday! And to mark her special day we’re giving our two Sumatrans a brand new climbing frame! Curator Richard Brown, said: “We’re hoping to start work on the frame as soon as possible. “The current one has been well used … Continue reading Daseep’s day!
Juicy pear kebabs were on the menu for our meerkat mob this week. Apprentice Jessica Edwards cut up chunks of the fruit before threading them on to a small branch and popping them into the meerkat enclosure. Assistant Curator Jay Haywood, said: “The kebabs didn’t last long, as the meerkats soon ate them up and … Continue reading Fruity meerkat meals
Booking is now open for DZG’s Santa’s Winter Wonderland Grotto and this year he’s got his own special hotline! Visitors can either call and speak to his elves on 01384 215306 or book their own timed slot for the three-week festive period directly through the DZG website by CLICKING HERE. Last year we celebrated our … Continue reading Santa booking’s open!
Brave DZG Keeper Adam Wrench took a leap of faith and raised more than £800 for our Orangutan Appeal. The 27 year-old farm keeper plummeted 10,000ft through the air during a sponsored skydive last week, as he raised money towards our £800,000 target to build a separate outdoor enclosure for our four orangutans – Jorong, … Continue reading Adam’s leap of faith!