Asiatic black bear, Inca, is enjoying a thoroughly lazy Sunday as she begins her annual spell of semi-hibernation. The 38-year-old female – thought to be the oldest bear of her kind in the world – was spotted taking it nice and easy this weekend. Inca goes into semi-hibernation, or a period of torpor, in her … Continue reading Inca’s lazy Sunday
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
When we say our Zoo Keeper for the Day experience gets you close to some of the world’s rarest animals, we mean it – and animal-lover Mark Dunckley can certainly vouch for that! The 46-year-old dad-of-one from Stourbridge has just spent an exhilarating day with our knowledgeable keeping team which saw him come face-to-face with … Continue reading Exhilarating experience
We’ve welcomed three new keepers to DZG in the last few months and they’re all loving looking after our wide variety of exotic animals. Cheyenne Darkins, aged 24, and 26-year-old Sally Sheridan joined the team in May and Stephanie Bignell, aged 25, came to us from Marwell Wildlife in June. (And our male Brazilian tapir, … Continue reading Trio join the team
It’s Chinese New Year and we’re celebrating the Year of the Dog with Diallo, Ochi, Gamba and Subira. To mark the occasion, keepers treated our four African wild dog siblings to some fun-filled themed enrichment boxes stuffed full of tantalising treats, as well as decorating the enclosure with colourful Chinese paper lanterns, which the dogs … Continue reading Happy Year of the Dog!
The visitor votes are in and the winning 2018 animal redevelopment project is the Sumatran tiger enclosure. Since the summer holidays we’ve been asking all visitors who add the ten per cent voluntary donation to their entrance fee to vote for one of three major projects, involving either tigers, chimpanzees or bears and we had … Continue reading And the winning project is…
Time’s running out for visitors to help us choose our 2018 redevelopment project. Since the summer we’ve been asking all visitors who add the ten per cent voluntary donation to their entrance fee to vote for one of three major projects we’ve got in the pipeline involving either bears, tigers or chimpanzees. At the moment, … Continue reading Still time to vote
Our four dogs went wild with papier mâché zebra enrichment. Keepers got crafty to make the zebra – a natural prey animal of the dog – which they sprayed with an array of tantalizing scents, before adding it the paddock and letting out the siblings – brothers Diallo, Ochi, Gamba and sister, Subira – to find … Continue reading Zebra sends dogs wild!
Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, has returned to DZG brimming with new ideas after attending a sealion training meeting. The two-day BIAZA certified course at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire covered a host of topics including the husbandry and training of aquatic mammals, enclosure design and enrichment. Josh said: “It was a really interesting course and it … Continue reading Josh attends sealion meet
DZG’s Asiatic black bear, Inca, is well and truly spoilt by keepers, who buy her tasty goodies each month. Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans, regularly spends her own money to treat the UK’s last remaining moon bear, with sugar-free jams including mixed fruit and strawberry, peanut butter, apple sauce and honey. Sarah said: “At 37 years-old … Continue reading Treating Inca