Festive firs from our Winter Wonderland Santa’s grotto are proving to be tree-mendous fun for DZG’s animals. None of the 44 Christmas trees used to decorate the 11th century castle courtyard throughout December are going to waste as they’re now being used for New Year enrichment. The likes of our Carpathian lynx, meerkats, lions, tigers, … Continue reading Tree-mendous fun!
As we begin disassembling the decorations for another year, we’re appealing for donations of POTTED Christmas trees to help spruce up some of our enclosures. Any unwanted rooted festive firs can be re-planted straight into the ground of our animal exhibits, including our new £100,000 extended snow leopard enclosure, which is set to complete by … Continue reading Enclosure spruce up!
As the recent snow fell outside, our giant anteater, Romy, was kept entertained indoors with a host of rotten logs which provided her with a host of exciting bug-finding opportunities. The two-year-old loves a good root through the soil in her front den in her search for hidden natural treats, so keepers added bucket loads … Continue reading Rotten logs for Romy
Visitors can play Santa to our animals and help us deliver surprise gifts to some of the world’s most endangered species. We’ve updated our online Amazon wishlist, which gives supporters the chance to help us enrich the lives of their favourite DZG animal this Christmas. The list contains a variety of fun and practical items … Continue reading Play Santa to our species
THANK YOU to everyone who has donated sheets, towels and duvet covers for our primates – but we’ve got enough for now! We’ve been inundated with bags of linen from generous supporters since we appealed for help in providing our chimpanzees and orangutans with enrichment. Lower Primates Senior Keeper, Jodie Dryden, said: “Thank you to everyone … Continue reading Successful sheet appeal!
Our four dogs went wild with papier mâché zebra enrichment. Keepers got crafty to make the zebra – a natural prey animal of the dog – which they sprayed with an array of tantalizing scents, before adding it the paddock and letting out the siblings – brothers Diallo, Ochi, Gamba and sister, Subira – to find … Continue reading Zebra sends dogs wild!
Spooky carved Halloween treats didn’t scare DZG’s exotic animals who have been enjoying pumpkin playtime. Many of our species, from little Lumos the albino pygmy hedgehog, to our cotton-top tamarin and rainbow lorikeets have been tucking into the seasonal hollowed-out vegetables which staff filled with favourite foods. Assistant Curator Jay Haywood, said: “The Halloween treats, … Continue reading Halloween pumpkin playtime
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!
Mirrors donated through Amazon’s Wishlist are being put to use with various DZG bird species. Trainee Keeper, Jess Jones, said: “We’ve put the Perspex mirror in with Oz the toucan who loves it and will sit and chat away to his reflection for ages. “We also put it into the penguin enclosure for a few … Continue reading Mirror, mirror on the wall…
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!