Ungulates

Giraffes put through paces

Trainee Keeper Ellis Robinson is putting our three giraffes through their paces during target training. Working with Kubwa, Josie and Kito, Ellis, alongside Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, are getting the giraffes to touch a wooden target stick with their nose and hold for at least five seconds. And each giraffe has a different coloured target Continue reading Giraffes put through paces

Preparing for winter

Autumn brings about one of our zoo keepers’ least loved tasks – collecting up fallen leaves! Although it may seem an endless job, our forward-thinking ungulate staff are busy making sure our leaf-eating mammals will be set for winter by stockpiling the driest fallen foliage. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “Being situated on a 40-acre Continue reading Preparing for winter

Fergie's birthday breakfast treats!

There are birthday celebrations down on the farm as our Bactrian camel, Fergie, turns two today! And Trainee Keeper, Amy Paddock, was on hand to dish out some special breakfast treats for her favourite birthday girl this morning, including carrots and dates, plus her daily camel feed mix in the shape of a number two! Continue reading Fergie’s birthday breakfast treats!

Bucket list ticked!

When Stoke’s Signal1 Breakfast Presenter, Jennie Longdon, launched a summer campaign to complete a recently discovered childhood bucket list, we stuck out our necks to help! As on her list, written when she was 15 to complete during the school holiday of 2004, was to feed a giraffe. Thirteen years later her dream came true Continue reading Bucket list ticked!

Luna's got teeth!

Little Luna’s now five weeks-old and is growing quickly. She’s doubled in size since her birth and keepers have even spotted her first few teeth! Senior Keeper Sam Grove, said: “Baby tapirs will drink mum’s milk up until they’re approximately four months old, when they’ll start eating solids. “Luna’s feeding from Meena really well and Continue reading Luna’s got teeth!

Browse boost

Pruned native tree branches became tasty treats and playful games for several species on site. Ungulate keepers cut back sycamore and ash trees in the red panda enclosure as part of a general maintenance programme, with the likes of our barbary sheep, tapirs, reindeer, kangaroos and capybara all enjoying the extra browse. Senior Keeper, Sam Continue reading Browse boost

Tropical birthday treats

It’s Brazilian tapir, Meena’s 15th birthday today and daughter, Luna, made sure she’d sorted a special gift for her mum. Meena received a crate full of tasty fruit and vegetables, including her favourite pineapple, which she immediately plucked from the box and began tucking into! Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “Meena’s had a very busy Continue reading Tropical birthday treats