DZG’s giraffes were thrust into the TV spotlight as news broke that their iconic species is now sadly threatened with extinction. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List has regraded the giraffe as vulnerable following a devastating 40 per cent decline in numbers over the last 30 years, driven by habitat loss, civil … Continue reading Giraffes in the spotlight
There are two new additions in the Patagonian mara enclosure following the birth of twins! The babies were born to mum Martha and dad Lenny, on November 17 and are both doing well. Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans, said: “They both seem very strong and are feeding from mum well, so we’re very pleased!” Keepers are … Continue reading Baby maras!
DZG’s three giraffes are under investigation as part of a student research dissertation into a parasite that strikes large ruminants – and their poo is providing vital clues! Keepers had to collect individual 20g fecal samples from Kubwa, Josie and Kito every three days for a month, which had to be frozen and rated before … Continue reading Giraffe poo aids research
It’s a big day for our handsome Rothschild’s giraffe, Kubwa, who’s celebrating his 16th birthday! And keepers treated the birthday boy to some of his favourite browse delivered in his own personalised carved pumpkin, as his big day falls in our half term Freak Week – and don’t forget we’re offering discounted admission to visitors this … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Kubwa!
Recently arrived giant anteater Romy, has her first adopter and it’s none other than our longest visiting supporter, Muriel Thatcher. The animal-crazy 90 year-old, who has been regularly visiting DZG since its opening day in 1937, has adopted many of the site’s collection over the last 79 years, but is Romy’s first one! Muriel said: “I … Continue reading Romy’s first adopter!
It’s officially autumn and we’ve reverted to reduced opening hours. Visitors will now be able to gain entry to DZG from 10am until 3pm, with the site closing 90 minutes later. Zoo Manager Matt Lewis, said: “At this time of year it drops dusk quite quickly out on site, so we always make sure all … Continue reading It’s officially autumn!
Our youngest reindeer is now four weeks old and keepers have discovered we’ve got another girl, who they’ve named Jasmine. Jasmine was born to 13 year-old mum, Blizzard on August 14 and caused excitement as she was the second baby we had born this summer out of season, following half-sister, Sunflower, who was born on … Continue reading Hello, Jasmine!
He may be called Ghost, but there’s no chance of not being able to see our alpha male reindeer at the moment! As the four year-old is sporting some pretty impressive headgear! Section Leader, Jay Haywood, said: “Male reindeer typically have bigger antlers than females, but we’ve never had any as big as his at … Continue reading A very visible Ghost!