We’re gearing up for our 80th anniversary by revealing exciting plans for next year… Over the coming months a £295,000 revamp will begin on SIX projects on site including new extended homes for our critically endangered yellow-breasted capuchins, snow leopards, parrots, military macaws and cockatoos, as well as a larger farm barn and extended farmyard and … Continue reading Anniversary plans…
We’re offering DZG supporters the unique chance to adopt and name one of our Humboldt penguins! We’ve had great success with our colony since we started it off in 1991, with just five hand-reareds and now have a headcount of 85 – one of the largest colonies in the UK. But following a recent ID … Continue reading P-p-pick your own penguin!
We’ve sad news about DZG’s oldest animal, Beryl, the Chilean flamingo, who passed away at the weekend. Although we’ve not got an official date of birth on record for the leggy bird, we believe her to be in her mid-fifties. Curator Richard Brown, said: “We know Beryl was here during the early 1970’s and she … Continue reading Death of DZG’s oldest bird
The weather’s turning colder and here at DZG we’re looking out for our feathered friends. We’ve got hundreds of native small wild birds around the zoo site including chaffinches, robins, blue tits, long tail tits and nuthatches who all need a helping hand at this time of year to keep warm. Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson … Continue reading Feed the birds!
Two new colourful birds have joined the rainbow gang in Lorikeet Lookout. Amongst the 25 birds in the walkthrough exhibit, visitors can now spot a black capped lory and a green naped lorikeet, who both look slightly different to the rainbow lorikeets. Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: “Lorikeet Lookout has been a really popular … Continue reading A rainbow of colour!
Some of DZG’s animals feature in a new educational CBeebies television series, which began airing yesterday. We took part in the filming of Andy’s Baby Animals back in July, when popular 6’4″ children’s presenter, Andy Day, visited the site to meet one of our baby Humboldt penguins and three newborn peafowl chicks. The 20-part series … Continue reading DZG on CBeebies!
Despite standing at just 20cm tall, little Pascal the burrowing owl has a big personality! The five month-old was abandoned by his parents when he was just a week old and bird keepers stepped in to rear the youngster. The owl, who weighs a mere 134g now considers the staff his parents, noisily chirping whenever … Continue reading Little Pascal’s big personality!
DZG’s Amy Paddock has just completed her first season as a full-time Trainee Zoo Keeper and is loving every second! The 23 year-old, who’s a familiar face on site secured her dream job in July following years of hard work and determination! Amy, from Walsall, said: “I love working here with the people and animals. … Continue reading Amy’s full-time job!
DZG’s laughing kookaburra, Adelaide, is benefitting from old stock from the Safari Shop. A rubber toy snake is being put through its paces by the ten-year-old Australian bird, as part of the daily Go Wild! Show. Presenter Heather John, pictured top, said: “Adelaide demonstrates how kookaburras would catch snakes in the wild and visitors can … Continue reading Adelaide’s toy snake
It’s officially autumn and we’ve reverted to reduced opening hours. Visitors will now be able to gain entry to DZG from 10am until 3pm, with the site closing 90 minutes later. Zoo Manager Matt Lewis, said: “At this time of year it drops dusk quite quickly out on site, so we always make sure all … Continue reading It’s officially autumn!