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Celebrating Barbara!

We’re wishing mums of all species a Happy Mother’s Day today – especially our first-time mum Barbara, the black lemur. Last May Barbara gave birth to daughter Kimmy – our first baby black lemur in over a decade – and she’s taken to motherhood incredibly well. Trainee Keeper Cara Sheldon said: “Barbara is very caring Continue reading Celebrating Barbara!

Wakey wakey!

DZG is urging animal lovers to set their alarm clocks and come and wake up some of the world’s rarest animals.   On Sunday May 20, we have an early morning guided tour giving visitors the opportunity to go behind the scenes and get close to a variety of exotic animals. Marketing Manager Andrea Hales Continue reading Wakey wakey!

Romy’s regime

Romy, our adorable giant anteater, has been given her own weekly workout to keep her occupied through the night. Keeper Josh Luxton has devised a timetable of interesting exercises for two-year-old Romy so she is kept active and stimulated as she searches for treats in her indoor area. It features a puzzle maze feeder on Continue reading Romy’s regime

Appealing souvenirs

An award-winning artist has added her support to our £800,000 orang appeal by creating a superb souvenir exclusively for DZG. Hannah Dale, who founded Wrendale Designs, has produced a beautiful orang illustration on a gorgeous greetings card to help pull in pounds for our planned separate outdoor exhibit for our four Bornean great apes. The designer, who Continue reading Appealing souvenirs

Hot stew on menu!

Keepers cooked up a warming stew for our seven chimpanzee girls during the latest cold snap. The keepers in Lower Primates boiled a pot of vegetables and then blended them together while they were still warm to make a stew which was served up as a drink in plastic bottles. Senior Keeper Jodie Dryden said: Continue reading Hot stew on menu!

Snow much fun!

Heavy snowfall brought snow much fun for some DZG animals – including our lionesses who demolished a snowman in seconds. Our Asiatic lionesses Kyra and Asha had a ball knocking the head off a snowman which Big Cat Keeper Josh Luxton built to provide some exciting playtime for the pair. Other snow lovers were our Continue reading Snow much fun!

Perfumes put to grrreat use!

Perfumes have poured in following our plea for unwanted scents to give our big cats some sweet-smelling playtime. More than 150 bottles of aftershave and perfume have been passed on to keepers who have already put the scents to grrreat use with our Sumatran tigers Daseep and Joao. Scents were squirted on to climbing frames Continue reading Perfumes put to grrreat use!