Primates

Chimps' autumnal enrichment

DZG’s chimpanzees enjoyed some seasonal enrichment with autumnal fallen leaves. As staff continue the task of clearing the 40-acre site’s pathways and enclosures of leaves, keepers decided to treat our seven chimps to some fun and games. Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: “We filled a large heavy duty sack with crisp, dry leaves which I mixed Continue reading Chimps’ autumnal enrichment

It's a boy!

Keepers have discovered our newest gelada baboon is another boy! And the youngster, who was born on October 19, to mum, Jimma and dad, Ebano, has been named ‘Gimbi’. Keeper Jade Reddall, who picked the moniker, said: “Gimbi is a town in Western Ethiopia, which is where the species are from in the wild and Continue reading It’s a boy!

Orangs are calendar stars

DZG’s four Bornean orangutans are the stars of a 2017 fundraising charity calendar. Amateur photographer, Hollie Gordon, from Blackpool, has included her photographs of Jazz, Sprout, Benji and Jorong in her calendar in aid of the Orangutan Foundation. Hollie, aged 23, who’s supported DZG’s past Onesie Walks with partner, Andrew, said: “I decided to do the Continue reading Orangs are calendar stars

Jazz is 25 today!

We’re wishing a very Happy Birthday to Bornean orangutan, Jazz, who’s 25 today! The birthday girl discovered a pile of wrapped goodies out on her climbing frame this morning, which contained some of her favourite treats. Senior Keeper Jodie Dryden, said: “Jazz spotted the colourful gifts as soon as she came out and made a Continue reading Jazz is 25 today!

Another baboon on the bank!

We’ve got another baboon on the bank following the birth of our third gelada baby! The youngster was born on October 19 to first-time mum, nine year-old Jimma and dad, Ebano, aged 11 and can be spotted in their half-acre natural hillside enclosure. Primate Keeper, Jade Reddall, said: “Jimma is doing a fantastic job nursing Continue reading Another baboon on the bank!

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