Congrats crafty Claire!

Congratulations to our crafty Senior Keeper Claire Williams who has been named our latest Employee of the Month! The Ungulates keeper was nominated by Press Officer Rachel Hickman for her help in creating enrichment for our meerkat mob ahead of them predicting a winner of the recent football derby for a local radio station. Rachel […]

DZC Spotter Otter Trail!

Bringing local community art groups together in a collaborative wildlife art project, we proudly present the DZC Spotter Otter trail! Over the past few months, eight Asian short-clawed otter sculptures have been colourfully decorated by talented local artists who have been inspired by a variety of themes including the zoo, the natural world, the Black […]

New pocket guide

New for 2024, we’ve got a new guide book to compliment your visit to DZC, which has hit the shelves just in time for half term visitors! The handy pocket guide, which is priced £4 from the Safari Shop or online on our website, is an ideal souvenir of your zoo day out, packed full […]

Playing Cupid!

There’s just a week left until Valentine’s Day and love is already in the air for some of our exotic species! In readiness for the special day our keepers have planned special Valentine’s meals for our newest loved-up couples, Floki and Helga the wolverines, red pandas Carko and Ember and Titi monkeys Pico and Tilda. […]

Congratulations Fiona!

Congratulations to Senior Primate Keeper Fiona Cox, who has been awarded this month’s Employee of the Month! Fiona received multiple nominations from zoo staff after she successfully injection trained Bornean orangutan, Benji, prior to him being anaesthetised for a general health-check with the zoo’s veterinary team – which he passed with flying colours! Curator Richard […]

Ember retains the top spot!

She’s done it again! Red panda, Ember, has retained the top spot as DZC’s most adopted animal of 2023! And our marketing team sent out more adoption packages for the two- year-old over the Christmas season than any other species on site! Marketing Manager Andrea Hales, said: “Ember took the top title last year from […]

Annual audit gets underway

We’re kicking off 2024 by counting all of our animals as the annual audit gets underway. Keepers at zoos across the country have to legally submit an accurate number of every invertebrate, bird, mammal, reptile and amphibian they care for as part of the Zoo Licensing Act. This data helps international conservation programmes by being […]

Christmas comes early for Vic!

Christmas came early for Customer Services Team Member, Vic O’Toole, who was named our Employee of the Month! Vic, who received a certificate and a gift voucher from the zoo’s management team, was nominated by Lower Primates Section Leader Jodie Dryden for the work he does as part of our stores team, where he carries […]