Welcome Kadida!

DZG’s first ever gelada baboon female has a pretty new name – thanks to our Facebook fans! We invited our followers to pick their favourite name from a choice of three and we’re delighted to reveal she’s now called Kadida. More than 400 people joined in the Facebook poll with Kadida taking more than half Continue reading Welcome Kadida!

Close encounters

Half-term visitors got up close and personal with some of our creepy crawlies as we started spreading the word about our support for a global conservation project. ABOVE: Nine-year-old Caleb Corbett and his brother Brecken, aged 11, from Telford, were introduced to some our creepy crawlies by Conservation Officer Chris Leeson. Youngsters got to handle Continue reading Close encounters

Scent-sational playtime

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

Learn about our lar gibbons

Learn more about our family of lar gibbons during half term Q&A sessions. Our education staff will be introducing visitors to our family of four lesser apes – dad, Huggy, mum, Meo and their offspring Penny and Indah, during the daily 12pm talk at their enclosure, next to the sealion moat pools. Discover how the Continue reading Learn about our lar gibbons

Meet our naked mole rats!

We’re very excited to introduce a brand new animal species to the DZG collection – meet our naked mole rats! These weird and wonderful creatures arrived from Chester Zoo earlier this week and are settling into their specially-built burrow in the indoor viewing area of the chimpanzee exhibit on the lower zoo site. Curator Richard Continue reading Meet our naked mole rats!

Happy Year of the Dog!

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!

Providing Valentine love nests!

Here at DZG we’re as passionate about our native species as we are about our exotic animals. And this Valentine’s Day we’re making sure we’re providing ideal love nests for our feathered friends ready for the forthcoming breeding season, which typically starts around March-time. To launch National Nest Box Week staff have installed a number Continue reading Providing Valentine love nests!

Serving up pan-da-cakes!

Keepers tossed aside the traditional Shrove Tuesday pancake recipe when serving up the savoury treats for our red pandas this morning. Instead of using the customary eggs, flour and milk recipe, keepers opted for panda cake flavoured crepes instead for 12 year-old Yasmin and two year-old Gawa, topped with their favourite fruity treats. Panda cake, Continue reading Serving up pan-da-cakes!