We’re going ape today in aid of International Orangutan Day, as we raise funds and awareness for these magnificent primates. Listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List, orangutans in Borneo and Sumatra are facing a real possibility of extinction within the next two decades. Join us for a one-off 12pm talk at the … Continue reading Orangutan awareness
Daring DZG zoo keeper, Adam Wrench, will be taking to the skies to help us raise money for our Orangutan appeal. The 27 year-old will be jumping from a plane 15,000ft in the air on September 1 to raise money towards our £800,000 target to build a separate outdoor enclosure for our four Bornean orangutans. … Continue reading Daring dive for orangs
Visitors can keep track of fundraising efforts for our new £800,000 orang utan enclosure in our official appeal area. We’re planning to create an entirely separate outdoor exhibit for our popular Bornean orangutans and aim to start work within three years. To help us reach our target we’ve built a totaliser wall alongside the orangutan … Continue reading Orangutan appeal area
We’ve a birthday girl and boy on site today! Birthday boy, Oba, gets some fishy treats from Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans. We’re wishing Patagonian sea lion, Oba, a very happy 17th birthday, while our littlest Sulawesi crested macaque, Summer, turns two! Summer’s dad, Simon, gets in on the snap with the birthday girl! Spot Summer … Continue reading Birthday greetings
We’re looking ahead to our 2018 redevelopment plans and inviting visitors to choose our next exciting animal project, involving either bears, tigers or chimpanzees. All visitors who add the ten per cent voluntary donation to their entrance fee will receive a token and be invited to vote for one of three major projects we’ve got … Continue reading Voting visitors
Our newest ring-tailed lemur has been called Kirk, after keepers discovered he’s a boy! The baby was born in March, just prior to Mothers’ Day and is the 12th offspring to mum, Phoebe and dad, Frank. See if you can spot Kirk in our walkthrough one-acre Lemur Wood the next time you visit, where he’s … Continue reading Kirk’s a cutie!
Visitors can show their support for DZG’s orangutans by purchasing one of our colourful appeal wristbands or pin badges. Every penny from the £2 silicone band or £3 enamel badge, will go towards our campaign to raise £800,000 for a new outdoor enclosure for our Bornean orangs. Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “Make a pledge … Continue reading Show your support!
We’ve discovered our baby rare yellow-breasted capuchin is another boy and has been named Archie. He’s the sixth baby to be born at DZG since we introduced the critically endangered species in 2011 and they’ve all been male! The youngster was born on March 31 to 13 year-old mum, Dinya and nine year-old dad, … Continue reading Introducing Archie!
Our seven chimpanzee girls enjoyed a cooling frozen treat in the warm weather. In celebration of Fanny’s 43rd birthday yesterday, keepers filled bamboo canes with natural yoghurt, which they then popped in the freezer. Lower Primates Keeper, Jodie Dryden, said: “It was really interested to see three different reactions to the chimp-friendly ice lollies. “Some … Continue reading Cooling chimp treats
DZG’s saki monkeys weren’t left puzzled by their latest challenge by keepers. Following a generous donation of an acrylic foraging toy from our Amazon Wishlist, primate keepers have put it to the test in the Small Primate House with great success. Keeper Sian-Leigh Simner, said: “I filled it with peanuts and hung it in the saki … Continue reading No puzzling our sakis!