Primates

Show your support!

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!

Cooling chimp treats

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

No puzzling our sakis!

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!

Hat-trick honours!

We’re delighted to announce DZG has scooped three prestigious honours at the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievements in the zoological world. Our £20,000 Baboons on the Bank exhibit, which provides a natural hillside home for our breeding group of gelada baboons was awarded a Silver Award during Continue reading Hat-trick honours!

A very special baby!

We’ve got exciting news as we’ve had the first rare black lemur birth at DZG in over a decade. And it’s extra special as we play a key role in the conservation battle of the vulnerable species, as we’re the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) studbook holder for the entire European captive population. The newborn Continue reading A very special baby!

Malaika's enrichment extravaganza!

DZG’s chimpanzees enjoyed an enrichment party in celebration of Malaika’s 29th birthday! Keepers decorated their outdoor paddock with blankets, sheets and pillow cases and left a variety of treats and items for them to play with – and birthday girl, Malaika, loved every second! Senior Keeper, Stacey Ball, said: “The girls had plastic ball pit Continue reading Malaika’s enrichment extravaganza!

Rare monkey arrivals

We’ve reintroduced two critically endangered new world monkeys to the DZG collection, a decade after we last held the species. Cotton-top tamarins, Katy and Rufus, are settling into the Small Primate House, after the nine year-old female arrived from Birmingham Conservation Park and the eight year-old male, relocated from London Zoo. Trainee Keeper, Cara Sheldon, Continue reading Rare monkey arrivals