80th anniversary

Farm revamp begins

We’re starting work on a £90,000 revamp of our popular farmyard, which will allow visitors to get even closer to the animals. Contractors are demolishing the current barn, which will be replaced with one double its size and we’re hoping to get the new-look facility open in time for Whitsun. Zoo Manager, Matt Lewis, said: “The extension Continue reading Farm revamp begins

Throwback Thursday

We’re looking back at DZG life as our 80th anniversary celebrations continue. This month we hear from former Zoo Curator, Mike Williams, who first joined DZG as a Trainee Keeper in 1960, working on site until 1965 when he married and left for a new adventure, working for the Duke of Bedford, before moving onto Cleethorpes Continue reading Throwback Thursday

Join us for our 80th!

There’s less than one month to go until we turn 80 and Take a Walk on the Wild Side for our critically endangered Bornean orangutans. We’ll be turning back the clock on Saturday, May 6 – our actual opening date – and encouraging visitors to join our 5km sponsored walk around the zoo’s 40-acre site to raise Continue reading Join us for our 80th!

Mug design deadline extended

We’ve had some fab entries for our 80th anniversary mug competition and have extended the deadline, so there’s still time to get your submission in! We’re encouraging our young supporters to design a unique picture for a celebratory mug that we can make into a limited edition zoovenir to sell in the Safari Shop as Continue reading Mug design deadline extended

Throwback Thursday

We’re dipping back into the zoo archives today as part of our Throwback Thursday 80th anniversary year and this month we’re featuring our polar bears. DZG held polar bears from opening day until 1989, who all lived in one of the most iconic Tecton enclosures on site. Zoo architects adapted an existing ravine to provide a Continue reading Throwback Thursday

Commemorative coin on sale

An exclusive commemorative coin to celebrate DZG’s 80th anniversary has gone on sale in the Safari Shop. The metal coin, which has no monetary value, features the new zoo logo and our anniversary logo and despite only being on sale for the past few days, visitors have been quick to snap up the £3.99 souvenir. Continue reading Commemorative coin on sale

Past and future celebrations

We’re gearing up for our 80th anniversary and inviting you to help DZG celebrate the past and fundraise for the future. On Saturday, May 6 – our actual opening day – we’re encouraging visitors to Walk on the Wild Side and join our sponsored walk in aid of our Bornean orangutan enclosure appeal, as we’re Continue reading Past and future celebrations

Capuchin work underway

DZG’s £295,000 anniversary revamp programme is underway with contractors getting to work on a new-look home for one of our rarest species of primate. The first stage of the site’s modernisation work includes a £20,000 rebuild of the outdoor area for the critically endangered Yellow-breasted capuchins off the Small Primate House. DZG Curator Richard Brown, Continue reading Capuchin work underway

Throwback Thursday

We’re continuing our look back at DZG across the decades as part of our 80th anniversary celebrations. Today we’re turning back the clock to the 1950’s and the opening of the Reptile House. The building was opened in May 1956 by British ornithologist and conservationist, Sir Peter Scott, who founded the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Continue reading Throwback Thursday