Big cats

It might be her second birthday today, but that’s no excuse for snow leopard, Taïga’s continued mischief making! The big cat was caught red-handed back in February bringing the enclosure’s waterfall to a grinding halt, as she pulled the plastic piping completely out. Keepers thought they’d deterred the youngster by cementing the pipe back into Continue reading Taïga’s two today!

Hat-trick honours!

We’re delighted to announce DZG has scooped three prestigious honours at the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievements in the zoological world. Our £20,000 Baboons on the Bank exhibit, which provides a natural hillside home for our breeding group of gelada baboons was awarded a Silver Award during Continue reading Hat-trick honours!

Recycling purchases birthday gift!

Birthday boy, Margaash, is looking forward to a new scratching post after keepers recycled the old chairlift rope to raise funds! The snow leopard, who is seven today, loves playing with the heavy duty rope, as do our Sumatran tigers and Carpathian lynx, which keepers wrap around wooden posts in their enclosures. Following the recent replacement Continue reading Recycling purchases birthday gift!

Asha's 11 today!

Our beautiful Asiatic lioness, Asha is 11 today! Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans, said: “Asha is mellowing as she gets older, as she has been known to be quite feisty. “But she’s quite a character, so she’s always a favourite with keepers.” In celebration of her birthday, keepers will be treating the big cat to her Continue reading Asha’s 11 today!

Supervising Sumatrans

Sumatran tigers, Daseep and Joao, kept a very close eye on site contractors by watching their every move! Workers have replaced the wooden walkway leading to their viewing window with a smarter tarmacked path, which is also less maintenance for staff. Curator Richard Brown, said: “The tigers were kept inside during times when loud machinery was Continue reading Supervising Sumatrans

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air across DZG’s 40-acre site for the many furry, feathered, prickly and scaly couples who have been carefully matched as part of vital breeding programmes to ensure the continuing survival of the world’s rarest animals. And one-year-old snow leopard, Taïga, who has formed one of our newest pairs Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day!