Conservation

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!

Who wins? You decide!

We’ve pledged to give away another £12,000 to three worthwhile in-situ animal conservation projects this year and who gets the most money is down to you! Visitors who add the voluntary 10 per cent Gift Aid donation to their entrance fee throughout 2020 will be given a token to vote between cotton top tamarins, Asian Continue reading Who wins? You decide!

And the winner is...

Tasmanian devils have come out on top following this year’s voluntary visitor gift aid vote.   We pledged to donate £12,000 to three hugely worthwhile projects, featuring some obscure creatures, which people may not have necessarily heard of, with the winning programme receiving £10,000 (made up of £2,000 each year for five years) while the Continue reading And the winner is…

First Christmas

It’s going to be a first Christmas for many DZG animals this year, as we’ve had a busy 12 months for births! Kicking off 2019 was the arrival of an Egyptian fruit bat in January and in total we’ve had seven born in Castle Creatures. In February there were celebrations in the Small Primate House Continue reading First Christmas

Responsible Christmas shopping

Ahead of your Christmas food shop, our tapirs are helping us urge shoppers to help conserve wildlife – including their Malayan cousins – by not buying palm oil products. Many festive indulgences, including chocolate, biscuits, Christmas puddings and mince pies contain unsustainable palm oil, which is devastating the habitats of the likes of Sumatran tigers, Continue reading Responsible Christmas shopping