Birthday boy, Kito, has been having a ball with new enrichment, following a £100 donation from a DZG supporter. Staff used the generous gift to purchase a new Bizzy Bites boredom breaker – an enrichment toy typically used for horses, but which is also perfect for our giraffe trio and Kito, who is four today, soon … Continue reading Birthday boy is kept bizzy!
We’re offering to recycle your unwanted perfumes and aftershaves, so we can provide scent-sational playtime for our rarest animals! Keepers regularly use strong scents as enrichment for our big cats and some of our primates, which encourages them to use natural behaviours – watch as Asiatic lion, Kyra, puts on her perfume this morning! Assistant … Continue reading Scent-sational playtime
It’s Chinese New Year and we’re celebrating the Year of the Dog with Diallo, Ochi, Gamba and Subira. To mark the occasion, keepers treated our four African wild dog siblings to some fun-filled themed enrichment boxes stuffed full of tantalising treats, as well as decorating the enclosure with colourful Chinese paper lanterns, which the dogs … Continue reading Happy Year of the Dog!
Snow leopards Taïga and Margaash couldn’t wait to start exploring their newly extended £50,000 enclosure, which has been completed just in time for half term. Two year-old Taïga was first in to the extension, which has increased their outdoor space by around 60 per cent and made sure she investigated every nook and cranny. Curator … Continue reading Snow leopards move in!
Lorikeet Lookout offers visitors the chance to get even closer to our animals – and as Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright has discovered some get a bit too close for comfort! Nicola handreared rainbow lorikeets Bonnie and Clyde as chicks when they first arrived at DZG in 2016 and they love it when she’s on … Continue reading Getting to grips!
Giant anteater, Romy, is lapping up her new enrichment device. The fun puzzle maze feeder has been donated by DZG Customer Services Team Member, Laura Partridge for the two-year-old mammal and keepers immediately put it to use by filling it with natural yoghurt and mealworms. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “The puzzle feeder is typically … Continue reading Romy laps up new feeder!
Climbing a wooden log can seem a mountainous task when you’re a five-week-old gelada baboon. But our littlest adventurer, Dendi, was determined to reach the top! Lower Primates Senior Keeper, Jade Reddall, said: “Dendi is getting more and more inquisitive and adventurous by the day and is now beginning to develop his climbing skills. “It’s … Continue reading Dendi the adventurer!
We’re celebrating the wonderful world of penguins today as we raise awareness about the fascinating flightless birds. Penguin Awareness Day falls annually on January 20 and shines the spotlight on the popular black and white birds, whose numbers are dwindling day by day. Here at DZG we hold a colony of 80 Humboldts, living in … Continue reading Raising penguin awareness
Watch as our Gelada baboon dad, Ebano, reveals the gender of his latest newborn… Primate keepers threw a gender reveal party for our newest addition and added two enrichment boxes packed with coloured plastic children’s balls, hay and tasty treats into the gelada’s indoor den. And it didn’t take long for the 13-year-old alpha male … Continue reading Gelada reveals gender!
Blue and gold macaw, Charlie, is getting stuck into new toys and treats following a festive donation from her adopter. Christine Clive, a long-term supporter of the 27-year-old Discovery Centre parrot sent in a stocking full of nutty treats plus the monetary gift which DZG Presenter Heather John spent on a number of goodies from … Continue reading Charlie’s treats!