Our smallest Discovery Centre critters are finding new uses for empty festive chocolate and biscuit boxes. As the leftover plastic tubs are being recycled into shelters for the likes of our snakes and lizards, including Kimber, our children’s python, pictured above, who slithered into her new home straight away! Head of Education, Phil Turner, said: … Continue reading Recycled hideaways
There’s just a few weeks left of our free return offer, so why not make tiger tracks to DZG and enjoy a refreshing winter walk around the 40-acre site to learn about some of the world’s rarest animals. Colder months are typically quieter on site and with the wintry weather during January, our keepers have snapped … Continue reading Make tracks to DZG!
DZG’s three giraffes are keeping their feet neat following a fresh delivery of gravel. Keepers have spread 40 tonnes of gravel across the 40-acre site, adding it into the giraffe and reindeer paddock as well as down on the farm. But the loose chippings have an important use for our long-legged ungulates as it helps … Continue reading Gravel keeps feet neat!
Our littlest Brazilian tapir, Luna, has almost lost all her distinctive baby spots and stripes. The eight-month old now looks a world away from those first few photographs as she scuttled around the South American paddock with mum, Meena. Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, said: “Tapirs begin to moult out their stripes and spots by the … Continue reading Luna loses spots and stripes
We’re highlighting the world’s biggest wildlife survey this weekend with the Big Garden Birdwatch. DZG visitors can find out more about the annual RSPB count on Saturday and Sunday, as we welcome representatives on site who’ll be running bird-themed activities and encouraging members of the public to survey feathered friends in their own gardens at … Continue reading Surveying birds
We’re awaiting the arrival of independent assessors to carry out the annual safety check of our popular chairlift. All 41 numbered chairs have been removed by our site maintenance team in readiness for the forthcoming inspection, which will also include examining the ride’s mechanisms and steel rope. Zoo Manager, Matt Lewis, said: “The inspectors will … Continue reading Chairlift’s annual assessment
We’re celebrating after achieving our 16th consecutive VisitEngland Accreditation Certificate. The VAQAS – Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme – award is issued annually, alongside an accompanying report, following a secret visit by the tourism industry regulatory body last year. Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “The report provides an unbiased viewpoint of the visitor experience we provide … Continue reading DZG achieves VAQAS award
We’ve introduced a new breeding pair of snakes in the Reptile House following the arrival of a female to DZG. Keepers have relocated the male Dumeril’s ground boa from the Discovery Centre into the reptile exhibit and paired him with a new female from Rodbaston College in Staffordshire. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “The female … Continue reading Snakes pair up!
We’re celebrating the wonderful world of penguins today as we raise awareness about the fascinating flightless birds. Penguin Awareness Day falls annually on January 20 and shines the spotlight on the popular black and white birds, whose numbers are dwindling day by day. Here at DZG we hold a colony of 80 Humboldts, living in … Continue reading Raising penguin awareness
We’ve had 18 new critters hatch in the farm barn – but you’ll have to look really hard to spot them! As the tiny Peleng stick insect nymphs are only a few centimetres in size and as their name implies, they can easily camouflage themselves against sticks, leaves and twigs. The babies, which have a … Continue reading Farm’s new arrivals