Farm revamp begins

We’re starting work on a £90,000 revamp of our popular farmyard, which will allow visitors to get even closer to the animals.

Contractors are demolishing the current barn, which will be replaced with one double its size and we’re hoping to get the new-look facility open in time for Whitsun.

Zoo Manager, Matt Lewis, said: “The extension will allow us to extend our contact opportunities as there’ll be lots more small and furry animals in there for our younger visitors to meet as well as the popular farm animals.

“We’re also hoping to include fish, invertebrates and amphibians and we’ll be reintroducing leaf cutter ants too, a species we haven’t had here at DZG for over 20 years.”

The bigger barn will also allow us to expand our education sessions, with the space for a teaching area and we’ll be adding a conservation corner where we can highlight all our animal projects and awareness weeks.

While work is carried out, the outdoor contact paddock will remain open as normal for visitors to meet our goats and rabbits between 12 – 12.45pm and 2.15pm – 4.30pm daily, while the barn’s residents have been temporarily taken off show.

A refurbishment of the outdoor area will take place later this year.