Lorikeet Lookout

Getting to grips!

Lorikeet Lookout offers visitors the chance to get even closer to our animals – and as Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright has discovered some get a bit too close for comfort! Nicola handreared rainbow lorikeets Bonnie and Clyde as chicks when they first arrived at DZG in 2016 and they love it when she’s on Continue reading Getting to grips!

Feed raises funds

Visitors have helped us raise more than £1,500 for in-situ conservation projects throughout the year by purchasing pots of nectar to feed our rainbow lorikeets. Here at DZG we’re proud to lend our support to important animal campaigns and raise funds for vital awareness projects, including events such as World Camel Day, World Lion Day, Continue reading Feed raises funds

Elf discovers a new arrival!

Dudley the zoo elf discovered an early Christmas present for our bird keepers –it’s our newest DZG arrival – a female Victoria crowned pigeon. The impressive blue-grey coloured bird, is the largest pigeon species in the world and is distinguished by the spectacular fanned crest of white-tipped feathers on its head and its striking red Continue reading Elf discovers a new arrival!

Effective enrichment

We’re all for recycling and reusing here at DZG as empty cardboard boxes and tubes provided fun enrichment for our rainbow lorikeets and roul roul partridges. Senior Keeper Rachel Marsden filled the boxes with mealworms and seeds, before leaving them to be discovered around the floor of our walkthrough Lorikeet Lookout exhibit Rachel said: “The Continue reading Effective enrichment

Agoutis arrive!

We’ve welcomed a new species to DZG as five Azara’s agoutis settle into their new home. The all-male rodent group can be found in Lorikeet Lookout, after relocating from Edinburgh Zoo. Curator Richard Brown, said: “This is the first time we’ve held the Azara’s species and we’re really pleased with how they’ve settled in. “They’re Continue reading Agoutis arrive!

Orderly queue for bath time!

Our rainbow lorikeets are polite birds and formed an orderly queue for bath time! Section Leader Nicola Wright, managed to grab her camera and record the colourful lorikeets splashing about in their water tray in the walkthrough exhibit, but then got a soaking herself for standing too close! Nicola said: “Lorikeets love water and love Continue reading Orderly queue for bath time!

Lorikeet Lookout reopens

We’re getting set to reopen Lorikeet Lookout tomorrow, allowing visitors to feed our colourful birds. The walkthrough exhibit has been temporarily closed since December due to vital precautions to protect our birds from the recent outbreak of avian flu in Europe. Zoo Manager Matt Lewis said: “After careful consideration and monitoring of the current situation Continue reading Lorikeet Lookout reopens

Fruity treats

Our rainbow lorikeets and roul roul partridges are enjoying some healthy fruit kebabs this New Year. Trainee Keeper Dannielle Partridge made some tasty banana, apple and pear chunks skewered on sticks, which she hung in the walkthrough exhibit for the 25 lorikeets to discover – and when they did, they couldn’t eat them quick enough! Dannielle Continue reading Fruity treats

A rainbow of colour!

Two new colourful birds have joined the rainbow gang in Lorikeet Lookout. Amongst the 25 birds in the walkthrough exhibit, visitors can now spot a black capped lory and a green naped lorikeet, who both look slightly different to the rainbow lorikeets.   Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: “Lorikeet Lookout has been a really popular Continue reading A rainbow of colour!