enrichment

Hosepipe games!

When it came to pool cleaning duties, DZG’s Carpathian lynx preferred to turn it into a tug-of-war game, much to the amusement of big cat keepers. As Senior Keeper Sam Grove began filling up the pool in the enclosure with water, cheeky 20-month-old Dakota, decided it would be much more fun to play with the Continue reading Hosepipe games!

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!

A birthday trio!

Three of our youngest animals are celebrating birthdays today! Not only is our handsome giraffe, Kito turning three, but our gorgeous African Pygmy goat girls, Daffy and Dilly, are marking their first special day too! Trainee Keeper Amy Paddock, treated the twins to a kid friendly carrot cake, with apple, goat mix, carrot and a Continue reading A birthday trio!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air across DZG’s 40-acre site for the many furry, feathered, prickly and scaly couples who have been carefully matched as part of vital breeding programmes to ensure the continuing survival of the world’s rarest animals. And one-year-old snow leopard, Taïga, who has formed one of our newest pairs Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day!

Mandy's big 4-0!

It’s party time in the chimp house today as it’s Mandy’s 40th birthday! And for her big day, primate keepers surprised all seven girls to an enrichment gift inside their indoor den, bursting with delicious tastes, smells and interesting objects, that entertained the group for hours! Made out of papier mâché, cardboard boxes and plastic Continue reading Mandy’s big 4-0!

Recycling the decorations!

DZG’s animals are enjoying their own festive fun now it’s time to take down the decorations. Keepers are recycling the Christmas fir trees from Santa’s recent grotto in the 11th century Dudley Castle by adding them into the enclosures of many of the site’s animals. The trees not only provide exciting enrichment opportunities for the Continue reading Recycling the decorations!

Full of beans!

DZG animals are full of beans thanks to a leading coffee specialist donating dozens of hessian sacks for enrichment. Lincoln & York, based in North Lincolnshire, generously donated a huge box of empty coffee bean sacks to us after they were contacted by our Senior Keeper, Jodie Dryden and they’ve been put to great use with Continue reading Full of beans!

Chimps' autumnal enrichment

DZG’s chimpanzees enjoyed some seasonal enrichment with autumnal fallen leaves. As staff continue the task of clearing the 40-acre site’s pathways and enclosures of leaves, keepers decided to treat our seven chimps to some fun and games. Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: “We filled a large heavy duty sack with crisp, dry leaves which I mixed Continue reading Chimps’ autumnal enrichment

It's a boy!

Keepers have discovered our newest gelada baboon is another boy! And the youngster, who was born on October 19, to mum, Jimma and dad, Ebano, has been named ‘Gimbi’. Keeper Jade Reddall, who picked the moniker, said: “Gimbi is a town in Western Ethiopia, which is where the species are from in the wild and Continue reading It’s a boy!