We’re highlighting the world’s biggest wildlife survey this weekend with the Big Garden Birdwatch. DZG visitors can find out more about the annual RSPB count on Saturday and Sunday, as we welcome representatives on site who’ll be running bird-themed activities and encouraging members of the public to survey feathered friends in their own gardens at … Continue reading Surveying birds
We’re awaiting the arrival of independent assessors to carry out the annual safety check of our popular chairlift. All 41 numbered chairs have been removed by our site maintenance team in readiness for the forthcoming inspection, which will also include examining the ride’s mechanisms and steel rope. Zoo Manager, Matt Lewis, said: “The inspectors will … Continue reading Chairlift’s annual assessment
We’re celebrating after achieving our 16th consecutive VisitEngland Accreditation Certificate. The VAQAS – Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme – award is issued annually, alongside an accompanying report, following a secret visit by the tourism industry regulatory body last year. Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “The report provides an unbiased viewpoint of the visitor experience we provide … Continue reading DZG achieves VAQAS award
We’ve introduced a new breeding pair of snakes in the Reptile House following the arrival of a female to DZG. Keepers have relocated the male Dumeril’s ground boa from the Discovery Centre into the reptile exhibit and paired him with a new female from Rodbaston College in Staffordshire. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “The female … Continue reading Snakes pair up!
We’re celebrating the wonderful world of penguins today as we raise awareness about the fascinating flightless birds. Penguin Awareness Day falls annually on January 20 and shines the spotlight on the popular black and white birds, whose numbers are dwindling day by day. Here at DZG we hold a colony of 80 Humboldts, living in … Continue reading Raising penguin awareness
We’ve had 18 new critters hatch in the farm barn – but you’ll have to look really hard to spot them! As the tiny Peleng stick insect nymphs are only a few centimetres in size and as their name implies, they can easily camouflage themselves against sticks, leaves and twigs. The babies, which have a … Continue reading Farm’s new arrivals
Our red pandas, Yasmin and Gawa, are two of our most popular animals on site and we’re proud to pledge our support to helping their endangered cousins in the wild for the next five years. We’ve committed to supporting Red Panda Network through sponsorship of a Forest Guardian in the Red Panda Protected Forest of … Continue reading Pledging panda help
Surplus fresh cranberries provided a winter boost for our seven chimpanzee girls. Lower Primate keepers fed the leftover festive fruit to the chimps, which they lapped up! Keeper Jade Reddall, pictured, said: “Cranberries are known as being a superfood and are packed full of several vitamins and minerals and as chimpanzees and humans share the … Continue reading Chimps’ post-festive boost
Calling all mums and dads, if you fancy organising a birthday party with a difference for your little monkey this year, then look no further than DZG. Your party animals are guaranteed a really wild time for two fun-filled hours which includes animal encounters, games and food and with two packages available – a Zoo … Continue reading Birthday party promotions!
Huge thanks to two zoo members who have collectively raised £640 for our Orangutan Appeal with products made from their fab photos of our animals. Talented amateur photographers, Kathryn Willett and Karen Edwards, made 2018 calendars and drink coasters respectively to raise the funds towards our £800,000 fundraising appeal to build a new separate outdoor … Continue reading Thanks for the support!