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Get carving for discounted entry

We’re looking forward to seeing your crafty carved pumpkins this week – and don’t forget in return for every donation we receive for our Halloween pumpkin patch competition, we’re offering discounted entry for up to four people! And the best design will win an adoption of Narna, our special Castle Creatures Egyptian fruit bat, who Continue reading Get carving for discounted entry

Keepers hit the books

Two DZG keepers are hitting the books as they begin their Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA). Senior Bird Keeper, Ben Vanes and Lower Primates Keeper, Jade Reddall, are the latest recruits to boost their knowledge and skills in animal care as they undertake the qualification, known as the industry standard Continue reading Keepers hit the books

Gimbi turns one!

Fallen autumn leaves provided ideal seasonal enrichment for gelada baboon, Gimbi’s first birthday party! Using four bags of dry leaves collected from around the zoo site, keepers covered the gelada’s indoor den flooring and mixed in some of their favourite primate pellets before letting the seven primates in to explore. Keeper, Jade Reddall, said:“The geladas Continue reading Gimbi turns one!

Sarah's success!

Congratulations to Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans, who’s our latest employee of the month! Sarah, who works with our big cats and ungulates, received this month’s accolade alongside gift vouchers after being nominated by colleagues for her continued hard work and dedication, especially with fundraising for world animal days. Over the last few months alone, Sarah Continue reading Sarah’s success!

Homes for native raptors

The first of our owl and kestrel nesting boxes have arrived on site – and it’s all thanks to the generous visitors to our August Bank Holiday Raptor Day celebrations. During the summer holiday fundraiser, where you helped us raise a whopping £869.95, bird keepers spoke to visitors about the plight of British birds of Continue reading Homes for native raptors

Richard joins zoo delegates

Curator Richard Brown joined zoo delegates from across Europe as he attended the EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Annual Conference in the Netherlands. During the four-day event at Wildlands Adventure Zoo in Emmen, Richard networked with over 800 delegates from more than 50 countries. Richard said: “The main reason for my visit was Continue reading Richard joins zoo delegates

An eggcellent day!

DZG animals are tucking into a few eggs-tra treats during British Egg Week! The week-long event, which runs from October 9 – 15 and incorporates today’s World Egg Day celebrations, promotes the vast benefits of eggs, which are loved not just by humans, but animals too – including our critically endangered Colombian black spider monkeys. Continue reading An eggcellent day!

New ferrets!

Three adorable ferrets are settling into their new home in the Discovery Centre. Four month-old brothers, Styx and Jynx and sister, Majik have arrived from Rodbaston College in Staffordshire and are already proving to be firm favourites with education staff. Presenter Heather John said: “The ferrets have settled in quickly and we’re already seeing their Continue reading New ferrets!