Herbs and spices shoutout!

If you’re having a pre-Christmas clear out of your kitchen cupboards, our big cats would love any of your unwanted herbs and spices! Herbs and spices are great enrichment for the likes of our Asiatic lions, Sumatran tigers, snow leopards and even other carnivore species such as our Arctic foxes, encouraging them to use natural […]

Grrr-eat work Louisa!

Senior Keeper, Louisa Dorrington, has been thanked for doing grrrr-eat work after being named our Employee of the Month. Louisa, who was given a certificate and gift voucher, was nominated for the monthly accolade by Zoo Manager Matt Lewis, for her dedication in helping new male lion, Keshari, settle in to DZC. Matt said: “Every […]

Winter education offer

CALLING ALL SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS…. We’ve got a tiger-iffic offer for on-site educational trips to DZC this winter. We’re offering a £2 discount per child for any school workshop or self-guided tour booked to visit us during November, December, January or February. As well as outdoor tours, we have a wide variety of indoor classroom-based […]

Welcome Keshari

We’re incredibly excited to welcome Keshari to Lion Ridge. The three-year-old male Asiatic lion arrived from Edinburgh Zoo yesterday. Whilst Keshari settles in to his new home, the path way running down the side of Lion Ridge will remain closed, so you may not be able to spot him for a few days!

Well done Louisa!

We’re sending congratulations to our Senior Keeper, Louisa Dorrington, who has been awarded our Employee of the Month. Louisa was presented with a certificate and gift voucher from the zoo’s management team for her recent efforts in going above and beyond caring for lionesses, Asha and particularly, Kyra in her last few days. Birds Section […]

DZC receives trio of top awards!

We’re thrilled to announce we’ve scooped a gold and two silver honours in the prestigious British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquarium (BIAZA) Awards, which celebrate excellence in the industry. We were awarded gold in the Diversity and Inclusion category for spearheading a campaign for allergy awareness following the installation of a number of […]

Sad news about Kyra

It is with much sadness that we share the news of the death of DZC’s beautiful Asiatic lioness, Kyra.   Due to age-related declining health over recent weeks and following consultations with the zoo’s veterinary team, the kindest decision was made to put the 17-year-old to sleep.   Her dedicated keepers are understandably devastated by […]

Perfect pupils!

As part of our Carnivore Week, visitors may have seen our keepers undertaking training sessions with some of our big cats. A successful training programme is important in helping zoo keepers take care of their animals, with training undertaken for a variety of husbandry reasons, including moving animals and getting them to voluntarily participate in […]