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 native to the rainforests and tropical dry forests of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina and are very active during the day, so they make a wonderful addition to the walkthrough exhibit.”

Agoutis can live up to 20 years and are known as jungle gardeners as they bury seeds and nuts, which then grow into plants and trees.

They have strong and sharp teeth and jaws and can successfully crack open a Brazil nut and they’re also competent swimmers, so watch out for them enjoying the enclosure’s pool.

Other species in Lorikeet Lookout, which opens daily from 11am,  include rainbow lorikeets, roul roul partridges, white throated monitor lizards, koi karp and red-eared terrapins.