One of our most familiar faces is celebrating her 30th year at DZG today. She’s part and parcel of DZG life and the zoo just wouldn’t be the same without Lesley Lewis! Joining straight from school in 1989 as a trainee keeper, Lesley started working with the site’s big cats and farm animals and over … Continue reading Lookback with Lesley!
Seeing her beloved geladas in Ethiopia and watching chimpanzees and gorillas at home in the Ugandan rainforests was a dream come true for Senior Primates Keeper Jade Reddall. Our self-confessed crazy gelada girl, Jade, took part in a jam packed 12-day Zoo Keepers tour to Africa, travelling to Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia with a group … Continue reading Jade’s African adventures!
We’re marking Flashback Friday today, but as it’s also Working Naked Day (yes you read that right!) we’re turning back the clock 10 years to when a group of brave zoo keepers bared all in a saucy charity calendar! The daring team shed their uniforms to feature in the 2009 DZG calendar, which raised hundreds … Continue reading A decade celebrating lemurs
Keepers on Christmas Day duty have stacks of fun with our animals as they deliver piles of festive food parcels around the site. Staff across all sections spent Christmas Eve gift wrapping boxes full of food, ready for the 1,600-strong animal collection to open today. Senior Keepers Sam Grove and Jodie Dryden were two of … Continue reading Delivering Christmas
Look out for a couple of familiar faces on tonight’s episode of the Channel 4 documentary series The Secret Life of the Zoo! DZG Curator Richard Brown and Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden have a small starring role in the programme, on at 8pm, which looks at life behind the scenes at Chester Zoo. The … Continue reading Familiar faces on film
Senior Keeper and mum-to-be Laura Robbins has been named Employee of the Month and celebrated the top title with tapir mum Meena. Laura, who joined DZG 14 years ago and works part-time, won praise from staff and visitors for her dedication to the job and for making animal experiences so enjoyable for participants. Zoo Director … Continue reading Top job Laura!
It was high fives all round after Keepers Adam Davey and Harley Hunt gained their diplomas in animal management. Adam, aged 27, who works on the big cats and ungulates section and 25-year-old Primate Keeper Harley passed the demanding two-year Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) course and their certificates have … Continue reading Double delight
We’ve welcomed three new keepers to DZG in the last few months and they’re all loving looking after our wide variety of exotic animals. Cheyenne Darkins, aged 24, and 26-year-old Sally Sheridan joined the team in May and Stephanie Bignell, aged 25, came to us from Marwell Wildlife in June. (And our male Brazilian tapir, … Continue reading Trio join the team
DZG Keeper Josh Luxton couldn’t wait to pop to our giant anteater paddock to see what our new male Bubbles made of bubbles. Using a bubble wand, Josh sent a trail of bubbles into the paddock and Bubbles burst out of his indoor area to investigate. Friendly one-year-old Bubbles joined us from Longleat Safari Park … Continue reading Bubbles for Bubbles!
Two DZG keepers took centre stage to share research findings and training techniques with zoo keepers from around the UK. Earlier this month, Senior Primate Keeper Jade Reddall and Ungulates Keeper Josh Luxton took part in the ABWAK (Association of British and Irish Wild Animal Keepers) Symposium 2018 at Longleat – and both impressed the 250-strong … Continue reading Talking animals