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
Our two latest apprentice keepers are settling in well to their on-site training and are wild about the work. Anthony Wingfield, aged 17, and Sophie Savage-Eccles, aged 19, joined us at the start of April as part of an apprenticeship scheme run in conjunction with KEITS Training Services. The programme enables young apprentices to learn … Continue reading Keepers in training
It’s Love Your Zoo Week and our animals are crazy about new heart-shaped enrichment toys which keepers made with love. Staff made the feeding devices out of old fire hose in their own time and have filled them with treats for our primates, tapirs, Farm animals, flamingos and red pandas to discover. Love Your Zoo … Continue reading Love Your Zoo Week 2018
A handful of DZG keepers did knot take long to master a new rope tying technique to create stimulating toys for our animals. Six keepers, including Jade Reddall pictured, learned how to make a rope ball called a monkey fist at an after-work tutorial led by Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden. This was the second … Continue reading Knot bad going!