Foam party fun!

DZG’s seven chimpanzees enjoyed their first ever foam party in celebration of Barbie’s 39th birthday! Lower Primate keepers emptied the indoor den’s flooring of woodchip before leaving a paddling pool filled with water and baby bubble bath in the middle, which was full of lots of treats for the girls to discover. Keeper Harley Hunt, Continue reading Foam party fun!

Past and future celebrations

We’re gearing up for our 80th anniversary and inviting you to help DZG celebrate the past and fundraise for the future. On Saturday, May 6 – our actual opening day – we’re encouraging visitors to Walk on the Wild Side and join our sponsored walk in aid of our Bornean orangutan enclosure appeal, as we’re Continue reading Past and future celebrations

Digital dating

A new online dating system is helping with the matchmaking of black lemurs. DZG Curator Richard Brown joined fellow European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) studbook co-ordinators from around the world at Chester Zoo for the four-day EAZA Academy Advanced Breeding Programme Management course, where participants learnt new online techniques for managing their studbooks. Richard, who took over the Continue reading Digital dating

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!