Primates

Birthday boy, Benji!

No birthday is complete without cake and birthday boy, Benji, wasn’t disappointed with his this morning! Our oldest Bornean orangutan turns 39 today and keepers appeared with a tasty treat first thing this morning, packed full of fruit, veg and primate pellets. Section Leader, Pat Stevens, said: “Benji is one of our real characters at Continue reading Birthday boy, Benji!

Chimps' spooky enrichment

A teenager had a 13th birthday to remember, when she helped throw a spooky themed enrichment party for our chimps. Amy Wheeler and dad, Matthew Clements-Wheeler took part in the meet and greet experience and as it fell during our half-term Freak Week, they helped Section Leader, Nicola Wright decorate the chimps’ indoor den with Continue reading Chimps’ spooky enrichment

Fang-tastic pumpkin effort!

We had a fang-tastic October half term as we welcomed more than 9,000 people on site to enjoy our Freak Week activities. And huge thanks for the talented visitors who brought a carved pumpkin for our Hallowe’en pumpkin patch competition, and enjoyed discounted admission in return for the donation. Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, pictured above Continue reading Fang-tastic pumpkin effort!

Hallowe'en treats

It’s Hallowe’en and carved pumpkins are going down a treat for DZG’s animals! Many of the site’s animals, large and small will be tucking into hollowed-out pumpkins today as part of seasonal enrichment from keepers. DZG Media and Communications Officer, Rachel Hickman, said: “Following our Hallowe’en events throughout half term we had a lot of Continue reading Hallowe’en treats

Spooky Sprout's sheet shoutout!

Whooooooo! We’re gearing up for Hallowe’en and all getting into the spooky spirit here at DZG – orangutans included! Our great apes are all playful primates who love making up games with whatever they can get their hands on, so we’re renewing our plea for unwanted pillow cases, duvet covers, clean sheets and towels, which can Continue reading Spooky Sprout’s sheet shoutout!

Howlers' new home

Our group of black howler monkeys are busy exploring their new home after relocating into the Triple Tecton. Keepers moved the family of six into the enclosure next to Inca the bear, from the Small Primate House and the monkeys are loving the extra facilities! Curator Richard Brown, said: “Howler monkeys are an arboreal species Continue reading Howlers’ new home

It's officially autumn!

It’s officially autumn and we’ve reverted to reduced opening hours. Visitors will now be able to gain entry to DZG from 10am until 3pm, with the site closing 90 minutes later. Zoo Manager Matt Lewis, said: “At this time of year it drops dusk quite quickly out on site, so we always make sure all Continue reading It’s officially autumn!