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Jetpur birthday

Happy birthday to our handsome Asiatic lion, Jetpur, who’s 14 today! See the birthday boy in his one-acre Lion Ridge paddock, where he lives alongside sisters, Kyra and Asha. Have you seen our Amazon Wishlist, which is full of practical enrichment goodies that can be purchased for our animals. Ideal gifts for Jetpur include drip Continue reading Jetpur birthday

Tropical birthday treats

It’s Brazilian tapir, Meena’s 15th birthday today and daughter, Luna, made sure she’d sorted a special gift for her mum. Meena received a crate full of tasty fruit and vegetables, including her favourite pineapple, which she immediately plucked from the box and began tucking into! Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “Meena’s had a very busy Continue reading Tropical birthday treats

Birthday pandas

It’s birthday week in the red panda enclosure as Yasmin and Gawa celebrate their special days. Yasmin – pictured above – is 12 today, while Gawa – pictured below – turned two last week. The colourful pair were given their favourite pear and banana treats by Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, who is currently spending time Continue reading Birthday pandas

Well done, toddlers!

Well done to everyone who took part in Barnardo’s Big Toddle yesterday and we’re wishing good luck to today’s walkers! Hundreds of under-fives have signed up to the UK’s biggest charity fundraiser for toddlers by completing a short sponsored walk around the zoo and 11th century castle. DZG Marketing Assistant, Louise Curtis, said: “We had Continue reading Well done, toddlers!

It might be her second birthday today, but that’s no excuse for snow leopard, Taïga’s continued mischief making! The big cat was caught red-handed back in February bringing the enclosure’s waterfall to a grinding halt, as she pulled the plastic piping completely out. Keepers thought they’d deterred the youngster by cementing the pipe back into Continue reading Taïga’s two today!

Recycling purchases birthday gift!

Birthday boy, Margaash, is looking forward to a new scratching post after keepers recycled the old chairlift rope to raise funds! The snow leopard, who is seven today, loves playing with the heavy duty rope, as do our Sumatran tigers and Carpathian lynx, which keepers wrap around wooden posts in their enclosures. Following the recent replacement Continue reading Recycling purchases birthday gift!

Asha's 11 today!

Our beautiful Asiatic lioness, Asha is 11 today! Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans, said: “Asha is mellowing as she gets older, as she has been known to be quite feisty. “But she’s quite a character, so she’s always a favourite with keepers.” In celebration of her birthday, keepers will be treating the big cat to her Continue reading Asha’s 11 today!

Malaika's enrichment extravaganza!

DZG’s chimpanzees enjoyed an enrichment party in celebration of Malaika’s 29th birthday! Keepers decorated their outdoor paddock with blankets, sheets and pillow cases and left a variety of treats and items for them to play with – and birthday girl, Malaika, loved every second! Senior Keeper, Stacey Ball, said: “The girls had plastic ball pit Continue reading Malaika’s enrichment extravaganza!