Enrichment

Pumpkin’s pamper time

Capybara Pumpkin enjoyed a spot of male grooming after taking an afternoon mud bath in our South American paddock. Keeper Josh Luxton caught the capybara on camera rolling around in the mud amongst the colourful autumn leaves. And the natural beauty treatment will leave the creature’s coat in tip top condition as in the wild Continue reading Pumpkin’s pamper time

Giant trees for minute mice

Two of DZG’s giant beech trees have been felled and branches given to some of our tiniest creatures – three spiny mice. The 100ft-tall tree at the golden pheasant enclosure has been severely cut back and the beech near the giraffe feeding platform, which was around the same height, has been removed completely. Other offcuts Continue reading Giant trees for minute mice

Halloween high jinks

Our meerkat mob have been entering into the spirit of Halloween today and enjoying a spot of pumpkin playtime. Senior Keeper Sarah Evans added the hollowed-out fruit, carved with a castle design, to the meerkat enclosure and they soon got stuck in. She said: “The meerkats loved exploring the pumpkin and having a nibble on Continue reading Halloween high jinks

Studying sea lions

Keeper Josh Luxton is itching to try out new techniques with our sea lions after attending a workshop in Wales. The 24-year-old keeper has recently returned from the BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Seal and Sea Lion Workshop which took place at the end of last month at Welsh Mountain Zoo Continue reading Studying sea lions

Wheely generous gesture!

It was wheely generous of the garage owners at the centre of Channel 4’s Car SOS to give us dozens of spare tyres. The 24 used tyres were offered to DZG by Keeper Harley Hunt’s mechanic dad Tony Hunt, who works at Fuzz and Tim’s SOS Workshop in Oldbury, for use with our animals. Workshop Continue reading Wheely generous gesture!

Giraffes from new heights

Giraffe keepers have filmed our long-legged duo from new heights after attaching a camera to their feeding winch. The fascinating footage shows DZG’s two gracious giraffes, 17-year-old Kubwa and nine-year-old female Josie, feasting on every last leaf from a huge branch hung up high in their paddock. Keeper Josh Luxton said: “This is the first Continue reading Giraffes from new heights