80th anniversary

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

Create a unique 'zoovenir'

Calling all our arty young visitors – we’re challenging you to help us create a unique ‘zoovenir’ for our 80th anniversary. We’re asking youngsters aged 15 and under to get creative and design a colourful DZG-themed mug to mark our celebratory year, with the winning entry made into a limited edition mug which will be Continue reading Create a unique ‘zoovenir’

Anniversary plans halted

We are disappointed to announce our anniversary plans to reopen the Tropical Bird House have been halted. Zoo Director Derek Grove said: “We felt this was a wonderful opportunity to bring an original Tecton building back into use during our 80th year as an all-weather indoor exhibit for small South American species. “But we’ve been Continue reading Anniversary plans halted

Appeal for anniversary memories

We’re hoping to take a trip down Memory Lane for DZG’s 80th anniversary. Ahead of our May milestone we’re appealing for visitors to send us their favourite zoo memories, photos, film footage or memorabilia which we can feature as part of our anniversary celebrations. Media and Communications Officer, Rachel Hickman, said: “DZG turning 80 is a fantastic Continue reading Appeal for anniversary memories