Conservation

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

Sweet Deet!

Keepers have sexed our newest yellow-breasted capuchin and it’s another boy, who they’ve named Deet. The baby was born in September to 16-year-old mum, Dinya and 12-year-old dad, Willow. Upper Primates Section Leader Pat Stevens, said: “Deet’s making fantastic progress and is proving popular with our visitors.” The critically endangered species form part of a Continue reading Sweet Deet!

Another rare birth

We’re celebrating the birth of another critically endangered primate with the arrival of a tiny yellow-breasted capuchin. The baby was born on September 10 to 16-year-old mum, Dinya and 12-year-old dad, Willow and keepers are delighted! Upper Primates Section Leader, Pat Stevens, said: “Dinya and Willow are very experienced parents and the baby seems to Continue reading Another rare birth

Kimmy moves on

We’ve said goodbye to Kimmy, our juvenile Black lemur, who has transferred to Belgium as part of a European breeding programme. As the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) studbook holder for the entire European captive population, DZG Curator Richard Brown successfully matched our two year-old female (pictured shortly after her birth in 2017) to a Continue reading Kimmy moves on

Going batty for award!

DZG has scooped a prestigious award in recognition of our conservation work with endangered native species. We received a Silver award for our Limestone Bat Project at the BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums), awards, which celebrates outstanding achievements in the zoological world. DZG Conservation Officer Chris Leeson, who heads the project Continue reading Going batty for award!