Birds

Familiar faces on film

Look out for a couple of familiar faces on tonight’s episode of the Channel 4 documentary series The Secret Life of the Zoo! DZG Curator Richard Brown and Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden have a small starring role in the programme, on at 8pm, which looks at life behind the scenes at Chester Zoo. The Continue reading Familiar faces on film

P-p-pick up a present!

Penguins may top the list in the popularity stakes but there’s plenty to p-p-pick from if you’re after an animal adoption as a great gift. Each year the black and white birds tend to be the most adopted creatures in the zoo but this year newcomers binturongs Ellie and Elliot, naked mole rat Fupi and Continue reading P-p-pick up a present!

Study time

Keepers Kriss Pearson and Josh Luxton are knuckling down to some serious study as they begin their diploma in zoo keeping. Kriss, from our birds section, and Josh who works with our ungulates and big cats, are just starting their Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) – the industry standard for Continue reading Study time

Talking animals in Athens

DZG Curator Richard Brown and Head of Birds Nicola Wright are buzzing with ideas after attending an animal conference in Greece. The EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) Annual Conference at Attica Zoo in Athens was attended by 700 zookeepers and animal experts from across Europe. Nicola, a first-time delegate at the EAZA Annual Continue reading Talking animals in Athens

Humboldt headcount

Bird keepers are p-p-pleased to reveal we’ve got 74 Humboldt penguins – including seven babies – after their September stock-take. Each September, once the breeding and moulting season is over, we take time to check over and count each bird in the colony, identify them by their flipper bands and scan their microchips. The seven Continue reading Humboldt headcount

Highly recommended!

A Telford animal lover who became a DZG Keeper for the Day said the experience was so brilliant she’s recommended it to all her friends. Jodie Mortimer, who shared the experience with her partner Jack Close, said going behind the scenes and getting so close to our animals was magical. She had been given the Continue reading Highly recommended!