Bornean orangutan

Great day for apes!

Huge thanks to DZG visitors who helped us raise £503 during International Orangutan Day. Primate keepers manned an information stand, as they raised awareness about the threats facing the critically endangered Bornean orangutan. And through orang-themed raffles and sales of nectar pots in Lorikeet Lookout we were delighted to raise the funds, which we’re splitting Continue reading Great day for apes!

Orangutan awareness

We’re going ape today in aid of International Orangutan Day, as we raise funds and awareness for these magnificent primates. Listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List, orangutans in Borneo and Sumatra are facing a real possibility of extinction within the next two decades. Join us for a one-off 12pm talk at the Continue reading Orangutan awareness

Orangutan appeal area

Visitors can keep track of fundraising efforts for our new £800,000 orang utan enclosure in our official appeal area. We’re planning to create an entirely separate outdoor exhibit for our popular Bornean orangutans and aim to start work within three years. To help us reach our target we’ve built a totaliser wall alongside the orangutan Continue reading Orangutan appeal area

Show your support!

Visitors can show their support for DZG’s orangutans by purchasing one of our colourful appeal wristbands or pin badges. Every penny from the £2 silicone band or £3 enamel badge, will go towards our campaign to raise £800,000 for a new outdoor enclosure for our Bornean orangs. Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “Make a pledge Continue reading Show your support!

Hunting for eggs!

Primate keepers made sure Bornean orangutans, Jazz and Sprout, weren’t left out of DZG’s Easter celebrations. Keeper Sian-Leigh Simner, made colourful egg-themed enrichment, so the pair could enjoy their own egg hunt – orang style! Sian-Leigh said: “I made papier mâché eggs, which we filled with pieces of their favourite fruit and primate pellets, before Continue reading Hunting for eggs!

Join us for our 80th!

There’s less than one month to go until we turn 80 and Take a Walk on the Wild Side for our critically endangered Bornean orangutans. We’ll be turning back the clock on Saturday, May 6 – our actual opening date – and encouraging visitors to join our 5km sponsored walk around the zoo’s 40-acre site to raise Continue reading Join us for our 80th!

Calling DZG...

Can I speak to Mr G.Raf, Anne Teeter or Mrs C Lyon? Yes, we’ve heard them all…and we’re expecting to hear more today as it’s April Fools’ Day. DZG Media and Communications Officer, Rachel Hickman, said: “On April 1 our staff take many a call for an unavailable fictional character and one year alone we Continue reading Calling DZG…

Gifts galore for Sprout!

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!

Playtime for Sprout!

A plastic tub provided hours of entertainment for Bornean orangutan, Sprout. Upper Primates Keeper, Sian-Leigh Simner gave five year-old, Sprout and mum, Jazz, a large green trug, recently delivered from our Amazon Wishlist, which she filled with diluted sugar-free blackcurrant squash and sunflower seeds, alongside plastic cups. Sian-Leigh, said: “The girls used the cups to scoop Continue reading Playtime for Sprout!