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Egg-stra special Easter treats

The Easter bunny delivered an egg-stra special breakfast to our Asiatic short-clawed otters this morning. Along with their regular sprats, the otters were treated to hardboiled eggs and by using go-pro-cameras, keepers have captured underwater footage of the otters enjoying their Easter delights! Assistant Curator, Jay Haywood, said: “We boil the eggs and give them Continue reading Egg-stra special Easter treats

Venomous reptile returns

We’ve welcomed back a venomous species to the Reptile House for the first time in 26 years. Two Mexican beaded lizards, one of just two venomous lizard species in the world, have joined the DZG collection, prompting extra safety measures for keepers. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, pictured above, said: “Their venom glands are located in Continue reading Venomous reptile returns

Effective enrichment

We’re all for recycling and reusing here at DZG as empty cardboard boxes and tubes provided fun enrichment for our rainbow lorikeets and roul roul partridges. Senior Keeper Rachel Marsden filled the boxes with mealworms and seeds, before leaving them to be discovered around the floor of our walkthrough Lorikeet Lookout exhibit Rachel said: “The Continue reading Effective enrichment

Gifts galore for Sprout!

Our loveable Bornean orangutan, Sprout, woke up to a pile of presents this morning to celebrate her sixth birthday! Upper Primates keepers left the wrapped gifts outside for the birthday girl to discover and she was straight over unwrapping the paper to get to the tasty treats hidden inside. Keeper Sian-Leigh Simner, said: “We filled Continue reading Gifts galore for Sprout!

Hosepipe games!

When it came to pool cleaning duties, DZG’s Carpathian lynx preferred to turn it into a tug-of-war game, much to the amusement of big cat keepers. As Senior Keeper Sam Grove began filling up the pool in the enclosure with water, cheeky 20-month-old Dakota, decided it would be much more fun to play with the Continue reading Hosepipe games!

New home for Nile monitors

Two female Nile monitors are settling into a new home in the Reptile House. The 12 year-olds have relocated to the large enclosure, adjacent to the West African Dwarf crocodiles, which keepers have revamped with a running waterfall, pool, heat lamps, large tropical foliage and a sandy cave. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “Nile monitors Continue reading New home for Nile monitors

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!