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!
Our primates are enjoying Christmas Day leftovers as our keepers whip them up a traditional Boxing Day dish! The likes of our chimpanzees, howler monkeys and gelada baboons will be tucking into lashings of bubble and squeak made up of yesterday’s surplus veggies, including potatoes, peas, sprouts and carrots from keepers’ roast dinners! Lower Primates … Continue reading Boxing Day bubble & squeak!
We’re wishing our giraffe, Josie, a very happy ninth birthday today! Our three giraffes have been kept snug and warm indoors during the recent cold snap, where temperatures are kept at a constant 22 degrees. But staff have been keeping the trio entertained with salt licks and enrichment feeders. Discover more about the vulnerable species … Continue reading Josie’s nine today!
We’re wishing our oldest and much-loved Bornean orangutan, Benji, a very happy 40th birthday today! Keepers surprised the birthday boy with a piñata for his big day, which he discovered hanging from his outdoor climbing frame this morning, filled with tasty treats to enjoy. He’s had a busy weekend celebrating his milestone with hundreds of visitors, … Continue reading Benji’s 40!
We’re celebrating the 40th birthday of one of DZG’s most iconic animals, our Bornean orangutan, Benji and we’re throwing a big birthday bash in his honour! Join us this weekend, ahead of his birthday on Monday (Nov 6) as we hold a two-day fundraiser in aid of our £800,000 orangutan enclosure appeal. Visitors can take … Continue reading Benji’s big birthday bash!
Our animals appreciated the clocks going back this morning as they enjoyed an extra hour to snooze in their dens. With the clocks falling back 60 minutes at 2am to signal the end of British Summer Time, our 1,500 strong exotic animal collection were able to snuggle down for longer as they waited for keepers … Continue reading Extra snoozing time
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!
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!
There are birthday celebrations down on the farm as our Bactrian camel, Fergie, turns two today! And Trainee Keeper, Amy Paddock, was on hand to dish out some special breakfast treats for her favourite birthday girl this morning, including carrots and dates, plus her daily camel feed mix in the shape of a number two! … Continue reading Fergie’s birthday breakfast treats!
Lower Primate Keepers got crafty to celebrate chimpanzee, Binti’s 27th birthday. Staff devised an exciting enrichment device for the group, which all seven chimp girls could use at the same time, using ply wood, plastic bottles and a few tasty treats! Senior Keeper, Jodie Dryden, said: “I made holes in a piece of plywood to … Continue reading Crafty keepers for Binti’s birthday!