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!
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!
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!
We’re wishing our bush dog sisters a very happy 3rd birthday today! Scarlet, Ruby and Rioja arrived at DZG in March and quickly made an impression on keepers. Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans, said: “They’re very cheeky and like following keepers around the enclosure and as soon as they spot one of us they run up to … Continue reading A trio of birthday girls!
Our oldest Humboldt penguin, Pingu, is celebrating his 26th birthday today! He’s a very special penguin to DZG as he was one of the founding members of the zoo colony back in 1991 having been hand-reared by keepers. The breeding programme, which was honoured with a prestigious BIAZA conservation award ten years ago, was headed … Continue reading Pingu’s 26!
It’s Kyra’s birthday and our beautiful Asiatic lioness is 11 today! If you’re visiting the zoo, make sure you stop by Lion Ridge and wish her many happy returns! And why not treat the birthday girl to some goodies from our Amazon Wishlist? The list, which can be FOUND HERE, is full of useful items … Continue reading Happy birthday, Kyra!
Our loveable Bornean orangutan, Sprout, woke up to a pile of presents this morning to celebrate her sixth birthday! Upper Primates keepers left the wrapped gifts outside for the birthday girl to discover and she was straight over unwrapping the paper to get to the tasty treats hidden inside. Keeper Sian-Leigh Simner, said: “We filled … Continue reading Gifts galore for Sprout!
We’re wishing our beautiful Inca bear a very happy 37th birthday today! The Asiatic black bear, who’s surpassed the species’ typical life expectancy by more than a decade, will be receiving some extra treats from keepers today, including her favourite quail and sprats. And as a special gift for Inca, DZG has signed up as … Continue reading Birthday girl, Inca!
Our gorgeous Sumatran tiger, Joao, is celebrating his 5th birthday today and keepers treated the big cat to a Chinese and Indian takeaway! Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans, pictured above, stuffed two hessian sacks with used giraffe bedding and covered one with soy sauce and the other with curry powder before throwing them to the birthday … Continue reading Birthday takeaway
DZG’s seven chimpanzees enjoyed their first ever foam party in celebration of Barbie’s 39th birthday! Lower Primate keepers emptied the indoor den’s flooring of woodchip before leaving a paddling pool filled with water and baby bubble bath in the middle, which was full of lots of treats for the girls to discover. Keeper Harley Hunt, … Continue reading Foam party fun!