Eagle eyed visitors can discover all about raptors on Bank Holiday Monday as we host a bird of prey event in the 11th century castle courtyard. As well as the opportunity to get close to a number of raptors including harris hawks, a red-footed falcon, common buzzard and a Northern White-faced Owl, we’ll also be … Continue reading Bird of prey day
New Zealand holidaymakers, Susan, Oliver and Gemma Gosling found time in their busy itinerary to learn more about some of the world’s rarest animals here at DZG. The day of the visit coincided with 10 year-old Gemma’s birthday, who was treated to a Little Zoo Keeper experience, where she met some of the zoo’s tamer … Continue reading Overseas visitors
Customer Services Team Member, Emma Dingley, is using her time operating the chairlift to help survey the site’s native birds. In between helping visitors on and off the two-minute vintage aerial ride, Emma is keeping an eagle eye out for feathered friends. DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, said: “We have lots of native wildlife on … Continue reading Eagle eyed, Emma!
We’ve launched an in-house employee of the month scheme to reward staff who have gone above and beyond. And our first ever winner is Apprentice Keeper Mary Taylor who works on our bird section. Nominations come from colleagues and the scheme is open to all staff working across all the site’s departments, with Mary chosen … Continue reading Well done, Mary!
We’ve had the first Violet Turaco to hatch at DZG in our 80 year history! The chick hatched on July 1 and can be spotted eagerly clambering around the branches in one of the triple aviaries. Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: “We’re really excited about the latest arrival, which is doing really well. “It’s … Continue reading First Violet Turaco
We’re having a great Love Your Zoo Week here at DZG and have already received dozens of entries for our photography competition. As part of BIAZA’s campaign to encourage people to visit their local zoo over the school holidays, we’re inviting visitors to grab their camera and snap their favourite zoo resident during the week … Continue reading Still time to snap!
DZG’s Nicola Wright, is celebrating after flying through a course about managing birds of prey. Section Leader Nicola, took part in the day long Managing Raptors for Health and Longevity at the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Gloucestershire. Led by a specialist in avian medicine, the BIAZA credited training course covered housing, day-to-day … Continue reading Nicola flies through bird course
Our colourful Indian peafowl are back out on site and following in the footsteps of the zoo’s first residents 80 years ago. For the past four months DZG’s four peacocks and two peahens have been kept in the triple aviaries as we adhered to stringent protocols to protect our birds from the recent outbreak of … Continue reading Peafowl back on site!
We’re celebrating our popular black and white aquatic birds today as it’s World Penguin Day! And we’re delighted to have raised £252.91 through our fundraising efforts on Sunday in aid of Sphenisco, which works to protect Humboldt penguins in their native Chile and Peru. Zoo bosses have also donated the sales of Sunday’s nectar pots … Continue reading It’s World Penguin Day
Our oldest Humboldt penguin, Pingu, is celebrating his 26th birthday today! He’s a very special penguin to DZG as he was one of the founding members of the zoo colony back in 1991 having been hand-reared by keepers. The breeding programme, which was honoured with a prestigious BIAZA conservation award ten years ago, was headed … Continue reading Pingu’s 26!