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
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
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!
Our gorgeous Sumatran tiger, Joao, is celebrating his 5th birthday today and keepers treated the big cat to a Chinese and Indian takeaway! Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans, pictured above, stuffed two hessian sacks with used giraffe bedding and covered one with soy sauce and the other with curry powder before throwing them to the birthday … Continue reading Birthday takeaway
DZG’s raven, Jill, was put to the test when she received her daily treats in a kong. Bird keepers stuffed the plastic pink toy with chunks of beef, which they left in the enclosure for the playful nine-year-old bird to discover. Trainee Keeper, Jess Jones, said: “Jill loved the kong. “She has a very inquisitive … Continue reading Jill’s put to the test!
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!
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
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!
Our rainbow lorikeets are polite birds and formed an orderly queue for bath time! Section Leader Nicola Wright, managed to grab her camera and record the colourful lorikeets splashing about in their water tray in the walkthrough exhibit, but then got a soaking herself for standing too close! Nicola said: “Lorikeets love water and love … Continue reading Orderly queue for bath time!
We hope you all had a great Christmas Day yesterday and are enjoying playing with those new toys and pressies. Our handsome four year-old Sumatran tiger, Joao loved his gift from Daseep – a bottle of his favourite aftershave – which big cat keeper Sarah Evans sprayed all over the climbing frame for him to … Continue reading Joao’s perfumed present!