Huge thanks to two zoo members who have collectively raised £640 for our Orangutan Appeal with products made from their fab photos of our animals. Talented amateur photographers, Kathryn Willett and Karen Edwards, made 2018 calendars and drink coasters respectively to raise the funds towards our £800,000 fundraising appeal to build a new separate outdoor … Continue reading Thanks for the support!
We’re remembering DZG gardener, Paul Oakley, with a memorial wooden bench located in the area where he used to tend. Paul, pictured right, who worked as part of our on-site gardening team – pictured above – for more than two decades, passed away last year. The 66 year-old spent 21 years helping maintain the zoo’s … Continue reading Bench remembers Paul
Blue and gold macaw, Charlie, is getting stuck into new toys and treats following a festive donation from her adopter. Christine Clive, a long-term supporter of the 27-year-old Discovery Centre parrot sent in a stocking full of nutty treats plus the monetary gift which DZG Presenter Heather John spent on a number of goodies from … Continue reading Charlie’s treats!
Our four Patagonian sealions are bulking up during winter. Keepers have upped the amount of food being given to male, Oba and females Marina, Tania and Deisy. Assistant Curator Jay Haywood, said: “Sealions need the insulated blubber layer to protect themselves from the icy waters during the colder months so we give them more food … Continue reading Winter ready
Festive firs from our Winter Wonderland Santa’s grotto are proving to be tree-mendous fun for DZG’s animals. None of the 44 Christmas trees used to decorate the 11th century castle courtyard throughout December are going to waste as they’re now being used for New Year enrichment. The likes of our Carpathian lynx, meerkats, lions, tigers, … Continue reading Tree-mendous fun!
We’re wishing many happy returns to our handsome birthday boy, Jorong, who’s 23 today! And our gorgeous Bornean orangutan is all smiles as he’s heard from the zoo’s finance department that we’re starting 2018 with £223,000 raised towards his new outdoor enclosure. The new exhibit, which we’re aiming to build within the next few years … Continue reading Jorong’s all smiles!
Narna, our Egyptian fruit bat is certainly making sure she’s getting her five-a-day this New Year – just look how much fruit she’s trying to munch on in one go! Keepers snapped the cheeky three-year-old with her feet full of strawberry and her mouth bulging with red grapes! Egyptian fruit bats can eat their own … Continue reading Narna loves her fruit!
As we begin disassembling the decorations for another year, we’re appealing for donations of POTTED Christmas trees to help spruce up some of our enclosures. Any unwanted rooted festive firs can be re-planted straight into the ground of our animal exhibits, including our new £100,000 extended snow leopard enclosure, which is set to complete by … Continue reading Enclosure spruce up!
The visitor votes are in and the winning 2018 animal redevelopment project is the Sumatran tiger enclosure. Since the summer holidays we’ve been asking all visitors who add the ten per cent voluntary donation to their entrance fee to vote for one of three major projects, involving either tigers, chimpanzees or bears and we had … Continue reading And the winning project is…
Keepers have an extra head to count in this year’s census following the birth of a gelada baboon. The baby was born on December 21 and is the second baby for 11 year-old Addis, who is also mum to three year-old Billie. Visitors can already spot the youngster closely tucked up to mum in their … Continue reading An extra head to count…