We’re starting work on a £90,000 revamp of our popular farmyard, which will allow visitors to get even closer to the animals. Contractors are demolishing the current barn, which will be replaced with one double its size and we’re hoping to get the new-look facility open in time for Whitsun. Zoo Manager, Matt Lewis, said: “The extension … Continue reading Farm revamp begins
Four year-old Micro pig, Chuck, had fun in the sun as he wallowed in the mud. Trainee keeper, Amy Paddock, made the made the muddy bath for the farm’s pigs which acts as a natural sunscreen. Farm Section Leader, Lesley Lewis, said: “Amy dug the wallow and added water to it for the pigs to … Continue reading Chuck’s wallowing!
DZG’s young visitors have the chance to win an adoption of giant rabbit, Maisie, this Easter – how egg-citing! Visit the farm barn and get crafty with our holiday colouring competition, as a year-long adoption for the beautiful bunny – who tips the scales at a whopping 14Ibs – is up for grabs! Marketing Manager, Andrea … Continue reading Meet the Easter bunny!
Three of our youngest animals are celebrating birthdays today! Not only is our handsome giraffe, Kito turning three, but our gorgeous African Pygmy goat girls, Daffy and Dilly, are marking their first special day too! Trainee Keeper Amy Paddock, treated the twins to a kid friendly carrot cake, with apple, goat mix, carrot and a … Continue reading A birthday trio!
We’re celebrating Chinese New Year – the year of the rooster – with the help from our feathered friends down on the farm. It’s going to be an exciting year for the roosters, who are going to get a new-look home as part of a £90,000 revamp of the farmyard – set to open in … Continue reading Year of the Rooster!
We’re gearing up for our 80th anniversary by revealing exciting plans for next year… Over the coming months a £295,000 revamp will begin on SIX projects on site including new extended homes for our critically endangered yellow-breasted capuchins, snow leopards, parrots, military macaws and cockatoos, as well as a larger farm barn and extended farmyard and … Continue reading Anniversary plans…
It’s World Diabetes Day and we’re helping raise awareness of the lifelong condition that affects humans and animals. DZG farm favourite, Crunchie the alpaca, has recently been diagnosed with diabetes, and is receiving a similar insulin-based treatment as his keeper, Ben Vanes, who is also a diabetic. Zoo Manager, Matt Lewis, said: “Keepers noticed Crunchie … Continue reading World Diabetes Day
Keepers came up with an ingenious solution for a boisterous African pygmy goat, by making him his very own punch bag! To prevent the farm’s two year-old grumpy goat, Oliver, from head butting everything and every staff member in sight, quick-thinking Senior Keeper, Ben Vanes, decided to design and build the punch bag which turned out … Continue reading Punch bag is a hit!
DZG’s Amy Paddock has just completed her first season as a full-time Trainee Zoo Keeper and is loving every second! The 23 year-old, who’s a familiar face on site secured her dream job in July following years of hard work and determination! Amy, from Walsall, said: “I love working here with the people and animals. … Continue reading Amy’s full-time job!
It’s a very exciting day for Fergie, our adorable Bactrian camel, who’s one today! And Senior Keeper Lesley Lewis celebrated the milestone occasion with an amazing cake in the shape of the birthday girl – made by our talented DZG Customer Services Assistant, Laura Partridge. Lesley, pictured right, said: “Fergie is our very special girl, … Continue reading Fergie turns one!