Coronation celebrations!

We’re getting ready to celebrate the Coronation in style this weekend with a very special carriage photo booth, fit for any king or queen! Our talented Head of Maintenance, Mark Whitcombe and Maintenance Supervisor, Dave Murphy, have handcrafted this fabulous regal wooden carriage, which visitors can find inside the bunting-clad farm barn on the lower […]

Grasshopper lifecycle

At the start of the year, we reported how 75 giant grasshoppers had hatched in the farm barn. Now those babies – who reach adult stage after around six weeks – are having babies of their own – which is timely as this week is Insect Week! Keepers spotted one female laying a cluster of […]

DZC takes centre stage

Three DZC keepers took centre stage at the BIAZA Mammal Working Group virtual conference. Lower Primates Section Leader Jodie Dryden, Carnivore Keeper Cheyenne Darkins and Trainee Keeper Chloe Riley all submitted pre-recorded presentations, which were broadcast to zoo professionals at BIAZA collections around Britain and Ireland as part of the online three-day conference. Jodie spoke […]

Ebony’s moult

Ebony, our female Brazilian salmon pink birdeater tarantula, has undergone her annual moult, allowing keepers to get a close-up look at her mouth, fangs, pads and claws on her shed exoskeleton. Tarantulas have a rigid casing protecting their internal organs. As they grow, a larger exoskeleton develops underneath the old one, which sheds as the […]