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New birds fly in!

Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright went on a road trip to collect some new additions to our feathered collection. Travelling to Newquay Zoo and Exmoor Zoo, Nicola picked up six red breasted geese and four cinnamon teals. Nicola said: “The geese and teals have already settled into the South American pool opposite the Discovery Centre Continue reading New birds fly in!

Halloween pumpkin playtime

Spooky carved Halloween treats didn’t scare DZG’s exotic animals who have been enjoying pumpkin playtime. Many of our species, from little Lumos the albino pygmy hedgehog, to our cotton-top tamarin and rainbow lorikeets have been tucking into the seasonal hollowed-out vegetables which staff filled with favourite foods. Assistant Curator Jay Haywood, said: “The Halloween treats, Continue reading Halloween pumpkin playtime

Gimbi turns one!

Fallen autumn leaves provided ideal seasonal enrichment for gelada baboon, Gimbi’s first birthday party! Using four bags of dry leaves collected from around the zoo site, keepers covered the gelada’s indoor den flooring and mixed in some of their favourite primate pellets before letting the seven primates in to explore. Keeper, Jade Reddall, said:“The geladas Continue reading Gimbi turns one!

An eggcellent day!

DZG animals are tucking into a few eggs-tra treats during British Egg Week! The week-long event, which runs from October 9 – 15 and incorporates today’s World Egg Day celebrations, promotes the vast benefits of eggs, which are loved not just by humans, but animals too – including our critically endangered Colombian black spider monkeys. Continue reading An eggcellent day!

Rhino iguana, Jane, couldn’t wait to munch her favourite food when keepers delivered her daily breakfast. Keepers have discovered the seven year-old has a particular fondness for peppers and filmed her picking all the sweet tasting vegetables out of her food bowl to enjoy first. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “Jane will always eat the Continue reading Picking peppers

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!

Growing quickly!

Our first ever Violet Turaco chick is growing quickly and is starting to develop its distinctive colouration. And we’ve discovered it’s a boy! Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: “We sexed the juvenile by taking five feathers, which we sent to be DNA tested at a facility in Cornwall. “He could potentially enter the European Continue reading Growing quickly!

Romy's weigh-ins

Keepers have been working closely with giant anteater, Romy, to ensure she stays fit and healthy with weekly weigh-ins. They’ve built weighing scales into the back off-show enclosure, which the two year-old has to walk onto to get to her feeding bowl. Senior Keeper Sam Grove, said: “We’ve attached her feeding bowl on to the Continue reading Romy’s weigh-ins