Birds

Flying squad stunners!

Three new impressive recruits have joined our birds of prey display team. Buzz the Asian brown wood owl, Hannibal the Eurasian Eagle owl and Attila the Steppe Eagle have transferred from Colchester Zoo. Birds Section Leader Nicola Wright said: “The trio make a fantastic addition to the flying team and we’re very excited to have Continue reading Flying squad stunners!

Birds back to it!

Delta, our hand-reared red-legged seriema, enjoyed exploring the castle courtyard for the first time this year, following his annual moult. The one year-old, along with the rest of our bird of prey team have been off-show since the beginning of December, but with the weather getting warmer, keepers have reintroduced our popular daily bird of Continue reading Birds back to it!

From Madagascar to DZG!

X-Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry came face-to-face with our colony of Humboldt penguins, but it was his puppet co-stars who caught our birds’ attention! The singer, who was joined by some of his fellow cast members of Madagascar the Musical took time out of their tour to visit DZG ahead of their stop-off at Wolverhampton Grand Continue reading From Madagascar to DZG!

Our mums are wishing all you marvellous mums a very happy Mothering Sunday! We have furry, feathered and scaly mums of all shapes and sizes across our 40-acre site, but the one thing they all have in common with your magnificent mum is the special bond they form with their offspring. We’re looking forward to Continue reading Celebrating marvellous mothers!

Nicola flies off with top award!

Congratulations to our Birds Section Leader Nicola Wright who has flown away with this month’s Employee of the Month award. Nicola, who has worked at DZG for 12 years, was given the top title, alongside a certificate and gift vouchers after great feedback from managers and visitors. Zoo Director Derek Grove said: “Nicola’s dedication to Continue reading Nicola flies off with top award!

He's a stunner!

How stunning is our newest feathered friend? He’s a Lilac-breasted roller called Trev! The beautiful bird, who is blue, lilac, white and brown in colour arrived from Birdworld in Hampshire six months ago but has only gone on show to visitors this week in the Triple Aviaries. Section Leader Nicola Wright said: “Lilac-breasted rollers are Continue reading He’s a stunner!

New-look home for owls

Great grey owls Granville and Ursula are settling back into their new-look home – and keepers are hoping renovations will prove successful and help them breed. Keepers temporarily took the two owls off-show last month while renovating the hill aviary, while the team, alongside our maintenance department cut down the enclosure’s dense foliage to allow in Continue reading New-look home for owls

Helping hands for feathered friends

We’re hoping to give a helping hand to our native feathered friends ahead of the forthcoming breeding season. Coinciding with National Nest Box Week we’re installing two barn owl boxes by the chimpanzee enclosure as we’ve spotted the birds of prey flying around the lower part of the 40-acre zoo. DZG Conservation Officer Chris Leeson Continue reading Helping hands for feathered friends

Charlie's new toys

Presenter Heather John got crafty to make the Discovery Centre’s macaw Charlie, a new toy. Following a donation from Charlie’s long-term adopter, Christine Clive, Heather purchased metal bells, measuring spoons and plastic beads and chains, which she threaded together through plastic piping to make the jangly bird toy. Heather said: “Charlie loves noise so this Continue reading Charlie’s new toys

New owls fly in!

A new owl species has flown into DZG. Four Northern hawk owls have taken up residence in one of our hill aviaries after keepers collected them from Whipsnade Zoo last week. Birds Senior Keeper, Ben Vanes, said: “The new owls make a really interesting addition to our bird collection with their similarities in appearance and Continue reading New owls fly in!