Primates

Scent-sational playtime

We’re offering to recycle your unwanted perfumes and aftershaves, so we can provide scent-sational playtime for our rarest animals! Keepers regularly use strong scents as enrichment for our big cats and some of our primates, which encourages them to use natural behaviours – watch as Asiatic lion, Kyra, puts on her perfume this morning! Assistant Continue reading Scent-sational playtime

Learn about our lar gibbons

Learn more about our family of lar gibbons during half term Q&A sessions. Our education staff will be introducing visitors to our family of four lesser apes – dad, Huggy, mum, Meo and their offspring Penny and Indah, during the daily 12pm talk at their enclosure, next to the sealion moat pools. Discover how the Continue reading Learn about our lar gibbons

We're tickled pink!

We’re tickled pink to discover our newborn gelada baboon baby is a GIRL!! She’s the first gelada baboon female we’ve had born at DZG as our other four youngsters have all been boys. Senior Keeper, Jodie Dryden, said: “We’re over the moon to have a girl and finally break the all-boy chain! “She’s thriving and Continue reading We’re tickled pink!

More news from the baboon bank!

We’ve even more exciting news from our Baboons on the Bank as we’ve had another baby! The newest addition to the ever-growing troop was born on January 25 to mum, Tana and dad Ebano, and its arrival comes just five weeks after the birth of half-brother, Dendi. Senior Keeper, Jodie Dryden, said: “We’re thrilled to Continue reading More news from the baboon bank!

Climbing a wooden log can seem a mountainous task when you’re a five-week-old gelada baboon. But our littlest adventurer, Dendi, was determined to reach the top! Lower Primates Senior Keeper, Jade Reddall, said: “Dendi is getting more and more inquisitive and adventurous by the day and is now beginning to develop his climbing skills. “It’s Continue reading Dendi the adventurer!

Gelada reveals gender!

Watch as our Gelada baboon dad, Ebano, reveals the gender of his latest newborn… Primate keepers threw a gender reveal party for our newest addition and added two enrichment boxes packed with coloured plastic children’s balls, hay and tasty treats into the gelada’s indoor den. And it didn’t take long for the 13-year-old alpha male Continue reading Gelada reveals gender!

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!