Have you spotted our special bat who can’t fly? Narna, an Egyptian fruit bat, can be found in our Castle Creatures exhibit, but we’ve never seen her fly and we’ve no idea why she won’t! Trainee Keeper, Cara Sheldon, said: “Narna’s approximately three years old and she just hasn’t flown since we had her. “When … Continue reading Narna, our special bat!
We’re having another peek into the zoo archives and this month we’re recalling some of the famous faces who have visited DZG over the last 80 years. How many do you recognise? 1937 : HRH the Duke of Kent was a regular visitor during the zoo’s early years. 1937: Indian child film star, Sabu, who … Continue reading Throwback Thursday
Can you help us as we renew our plea for playthings for our primates? Our stocks of unwanted and clean bed linen and towels, which keepers use to provide enrichment for our Bornean orangutans and chimpanzees, are running low and we’re appealing for help from visitors to help replenish them. Assistant Curator, Jay Haywood, said: … Continue reading Primate playtime plea
Standing tall at 18 feet, you’d think it would be an effort for our birthday boy giraffe to get up from the floor. But watch how 17 year-old Kubwa pops up in seconds after spying keeper Josh arrive with his birthday breakfast! Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, said: “We know by looking at CCTV footage that … Continue reading Kubwa’s up for birthday breakfast!
We’ve had a fang-tastic start to our Freak Week, plus another first in our 80th anniversary year following the birth of five Jamaican boas. The babies were born to parents Bob and Marley in the Reptile House. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “In the wild the parents don’t live with the babies and would leave … Continue reading Jamaican boa births
Keepers are giving out colourful new stickers down on the farm to young visitors who come and meet our critters! Designed in-house by graphic designer, Rachel Lane, the bright labels, which feature a variety of farm animals alongside our new barn mascot – a giant bunny – are being given out to all young visitors … Continue reading Stickers and critters!
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
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
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!
We’ve got a great game to keep youngsters entertained during half term, while they also learn about some of the rarest animals in the world, as we launch DZG Top Trumps! Priced just £4.99 from the Safari Shop, the popular game features 29 colourful cards comparing favourite animals from across our bird, primate, big cat … Continue reading Play with DZG animals!