DZG’s lovely lioness Kyra enjoyed a wonderfully lazy morning as she turned 12 today. The birthday girl was given extra treats by big cat keepers who were expecting plenty of visitors to wish her well as they stop by the one-acre Lion Ridge paddock she shares with her younger sister Asha. Senior Big Cat Keeper, … Continue reading Kyra turns twelve
It certainly was a Good Friday for DZG’s adorable Bornean orang Sprout who turned seven today. Upper Primates keepers delivered piles of pressies to our excited little one who immediately started unwrapping the paper to get to the goodies inside. Section Leader Pat Stevens said: “We filled boxes with straw and added seeds, apples and … Continue reading Sprout’s Good Friday!
A birthday curry was the order of the day as our handsome Sumatran tiger Joao turned six. Keepers spiced up the big cat’s birthday breakfast by stuffing straw and his favourite Indian curry powder into a bunny-shaped sack – and he lapped it up. The spice and a bottle of scent was given to the … Continue reading Birthday balti
Keepers broke out the bubbles today to celebrate Barbie’s 40th birthday down in our chimp enclosure. The third oldest of DZG’s seven chimpanzees was treated to some birthday bubbles and banana – and both went down a treat. Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden said: “As it was Barbie’s special birthday we decided to get out … Continue reading Bubbles for Barbie!
Birthday boy, Kito, has been having a ball with new enrichment, following a £100 donation from a DZG supporter. Staff used the generous gift to purchase a new Bizzy Bites boredom breaker – an enrichment toy typically used for horses, but which is also perfect for our giraffe trio and Kito, who is four today, soon … Continue reading Birthday boy is kept bizzy!
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!