Birthdays

Birthday girl Banika

We’re wishing our youngest and most playful chimp Banika many happy returns as she turned 24 today. The birthday girl enjoyed some dates and monkey nuts which were kindly donated to the all-female group by chimp lover and DZG member Wendy Gray. Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden said: “Banika is definitely our cheekiest chimp and Continue reading Birthday girl Banika

Family feast for Fergie

All three family members shared a celebration snack as our youngest Bactrian camel turned three today. And the youngster (pictured in the centre), who was hand fed by keepers for the first three weeks after birth, has grown up fast as she’s already taller than her mum, Jimandi. Senior Keeper Lesley Lewis, pictured feeding Fergie Continue reading Family feast for Fergie

Binti the birthday girl!

It was watermelons all round as our chimps celebrated Binti’s 28th birthday today. The mouth-watering fruit was donated by one of the chimps biggest fans, zoo member Wendy Gray from Coseley, who also sent in a bag of treats for the birthday girl. Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden said: “Wendy very kindly gave us a Continue reading Binti the birthday girl!

Four pigs turn six

Brothers Hamm, Wilba, Chuck and Little Ernie pigged out on birthday boxes full of treats as they are about to turn six. The four piggy brothers enjoyed ripping into gift-wrapped boxes stuffed with straw, pellets, apple and carrot ahead of their sixth birthday tomorrow. And the eve of their special day couldn’t be a better Continue reading Four pigs turn six

It’s grrr-eat to be eight!

Our striking Sumatran tigress Daseep turns eight today and will have visitors queueing up to wish her a roarsome day. The popular girl, who’s ranked as the second most important female in the genetic species pool, will be lapping up her favourite Marmite treat – which she knows she’ll have all to herself, as male Continue reading It’s grrr-eat to be eight!

Birthday boxes

Giant anteater Romy had to box clever today to find her birthday surprises stashed inside cardboard boxes. Keeper Josh Luxton stuffed empty boxes with scrunched up newspaper, dried mealworms and bottles of yogurt as a treat for Romy on her third birthday. She was first to approach the boxes and then our one-year-old male, Bubbles, Continue reading Birthday boxes

Three reasons to be cheerful!

There’ll be plenty of celebrating today as one of our heaviest animals, our youngest macaque and our newest arrival all share their birthdays. Our huge male Patagonian sealion Oba turns 18, our littlest Sulawesi crested black macaque Summer is three and our most recent resident Ellie the binturong has her first birthday. DZG Keepers will Continue reading Three reasons to be cheerful!