Primates

A new mixed exhibit

Our four Patagonian mara have relocated to the Howler monkey enclosure to form a new mixed South American exhibit. Assistant Curator, Jay Haywood, said: “The two species work well together as they’re both native to the same area in the wild and have proved a successful mixed exhibit at other collections. “They have separate indoor Continue reading A new mixed exhibit

Tasty pancake treats!

Our four Colombian black spider monkeys enjoyed traditional Shrove Tuesday fare today. Valentine, Charlie, Chester and Evita, usually enjoy a well-balanced daily diet, but keepers couldn’t resist using the eggs, flour and milk recipe to make up a batch of pancakes for the primates to try this morning. Lower Primates Keeper, Jade Reddall, pictured, said: “We Continue reading Tasty pancake treats!

Playtime for Sprout!

A plastic tub provided hours of entertainment for Bornean orangutan, Sprout. Upper Primates Keeper, Sian-Leigh Simner gave five year-old, Sprout and mum, Jazz, a large green trug, recently delivered from our Amazon Wishlist, which she filled with diluted sugar-free blackcurrant squash and sunflower seeds, alongside plastic cups. Sian-Leigh, said: “The girls used the cups to scoop Continue reading Playtime for Sprout!

Capuchin work underway

DZG’s £295,000 anniversary revamp programme is underway with contractors getting to work on a new-look home for one of our rarest species of primate. The first stage of the site’s modernisation work includes a £20,000 rebuild of the outdoor area for the critically endangered Yellow-breasted capuchins off the Small Primate House. DZG Curator Richard Brown, Continue reading Capuchin work underway

Spotlight on noisy primates!

Discover all about some of the nosiest primates on site with our new half term talks. Our Presenters will be introducing visitors to our howler monkey family and lar gibbon gang for the two additional daily talks running throughout the school holidays. Learn how howler monkeys are so called because of their amazing howling call, Continue reading Spotlight on noisy primates!

A fab family photo!

Smile! Our gelada baboons are getting in on the selfie act in this fab family photo! Here’s dad, Ebano, proudly showing off his brood – females Jimma, Tana and Addis and his three boys, Billie, Ambo and little Gimbi in their half-acre natural hillside enclosure. See our gelada troop opposite the Safari Shop and why not Continue reading A fab family photo!

Mandy's big 4-0!

It’s party time in the chimp house today as it’s Mandy’s 40th birthday! And for her big day, primate keepers surprised all seven girls to an enrichment gift inside their indoor den, bursting with delicious tastes, smells and interesting objects, that entertained the group for hours! Made out of papier mâché, cardboard boxes and plastic Continue reading Mandy’s big 4-0!

A smelly stand-off

Primate keepers have captured on camera our ring tailed lemur, Frank, taking part in a stink fight! Lemurs strongly rely on their sense of smell to mark territories and Jade spotted 13 year-old Frank performing the natural scent wafting behaviour towards the black and white ruffed boys in the one-acre walkthrough wood! Keeper Jade Reddall, Continue reading A smelly stand-off

Hola! Barbara

We’ve welcomed a new female black lemur to DZG as part of a European breeding programme. Five year-old Barbara has joined us from Bioparc Fuengirola in Spain and has moved into the Small Primate House with our resident 10 year-old male, Bryan, from Lemur Wood, where keepers are hoping the pair will soon breed. Black Continue reading Hola! Barbara