A new male burrowing owl called Paulinho has arrived at DZG to pair up with our female, Laverne. The seven-year-old male came to us from London Zoo and is settling into his new home with his new partner. Senior Bird Keeper Kriss Pearson said: “Winter is a good time to introduce a new male to … Continue reading Welcome twit-twoo Paulinho!
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
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!
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
A visit to see our great grey owl Granville was the perfect 50th birthday present for a Cradley Heath man who has adopted the bird for 12 years. Paul Wright was surprised with the trip to DZG by his American fiancée Angela Messer who flew in from the States to join him on the zoo … Continue reading Granville made Paul’s day!
Our scarlet macaw aviary is bursting with even more colour after the arrival of four gorgeous green military macaws. The four newcomers have joined our eight stunning scarlet macaws in their impressive £30,000 home near Lemur Wood. The military macaws arrived three weeks ago from Paradise Park in Hayle, Cornwall – the same place the … Continue reading More macaws move in!
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
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
We’re delighted a female grey-capped emerald dove is proving a perfect pairing for our male. Bird keepers at DZG are now hoping the successful match could mean the colourful couple go on to breed next year. The male came to us in March from Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire and the female only arrived six weeks … Continue reading A perfect pair
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!