Fresh flooring

DZG keepers showed their true grit when it came to shifting 40 tonnes of gravel and sand.


Staff hired a digger to transport the flooring materials into the giraffe paddock, where keepers moved it to various enclosures across the 40-acre site in wheelbarrows.

Assistant Curator, Jay Haywood, pictured above with Keeper Adam Wrench, said: “We’re freshening up quite a few enclosures with the gravel and sand.

“It was easier for us to pile it up in the giraffe paddock to begin with, rather than messing up another part of the zoo site, as the remainder can simply be raked out across the floor.

“The digger made work a lot easier for us and saved us quite a few hours of manual work.”

The gravel has been added into the giraffe, tapir, wallaby and tiger enclosures as well as Lemur Wood, while the sand was used in the meerkats, lion paddock, Reptile House, camels and around children’s play equipment.