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Surveying birds

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

Chairlift's annual assessment

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

DZG achieves VAQAS award

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

Snakes pair up!

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!

Raising penguin awareness

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

Chimps' post-festive boost

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

Thanks for the support!

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!