Conservation

Hello Flo!

We’re very excited to introduce you to Flo, our female Linne’s two-toed sloth. The one-year-old has joined us from Dierenpark Amersfoort in the Netherlands to partner four-year-old Reggie, as part of a European Studbook Breeding Programme (ESB). DZC Curator Richard Brown said: “Flo’s arrival is fantastic news for the zoo. “It’s been a species we’ve Continue reading Hello Flo!

Camera trap footage has captured our Colombian black spider monkeys, Evita and Chester, settling into parenthood with their newborn daughter, Nina. At almost a fortnight old, keepers are delighted to confirm the critically endangered primate is female, with her name meaning ‘girl’ in Spanish – the country’s official language. Lower Primates Senior Keeper, Jade Reddall Continue reading Camera captures newest family

When we received a new wildlife camera, generously purchased for us from our Amazon wishlist, keepers couldn’t wait to try it out – and look what we captured on the first night’s filming… In off-show woodland on site we discovered we have another family of badgers! Conservation Officer Chris Leeson, said:  “During lockdown people up Continue reading Wildlife camera try out!

Introducing Connie!

It’s a week of welcomes! Say hello to Connie! Connie is an Asian palm civet, who has transferred to DZC from Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park in York as part of a conservation programme and she forms a brand-new mixed exhibit with fellow Asian species, our two binturongs, Ellie and Elliot. She arrived shortly Continue reading Introducing Connie!

Marking macaques

It’s International Macaque Day when we raise awareness of the critically endangered Sulawesi crested macaque. Their numbers have been slashed by 90 per cent over the last 30 years on their native Indonesian island of Sulawesi, because of extensive habitat loss due to farming and deforestation, as well as the illegal bush meat trade and Continue reading Marking macaques

Leap of Faith revealed!

We’re excited to reveal a very special statue to help us highlight the plight of Madagascan lemurs. The gigantic steel artwork featuring a ring-tailed lemur leaping from one pole to another, with a baby gripping its back, provides a focal point in our one-acre walkthrough exhibit and is another way for us to engage with Continue reading Leap of Faith revealed!

Showing the love for lemurs!

It’s Valentine’s Day and we’re showing the love for Madagascan lemurs today as we unveil a 30ft metal statue in their honour! We’re passionate about helping create a better future for these enigmatic creatures and our five species of lemur – ring-tailed, black-and-white ruffed, red ruffed, collared and black – are all amazing ambassadors for Continue reading Showing the love for lemurs!

A fabulous £5K!

We’re saying a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported our Australia Day efforts and helped us forward a fabulous £5,000 for the bushfire wildlife victims. Through on-site Aussie-themed fundraising games and activities, online donations, sales of nectar pots for our Australian-native rainbow lorikeets and half of all the day’s admission, plus a staff coffee Continue reading A fabulous £5K!