Bird keepers are hoping to play cupid for our great grey owls by encouraging breeding behaviour with some enclosure maintenance. Twelve year-old Granville and 11 year-old Ursula have been temporarily taken off-show while the zoo’s maintenance and keeper teams completely refurbish their enclosure, located opposite the bachelor gelada troop. Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: … Continue reading A little encouragement!
Thanks to everyone who hung out with us for our International Orangutan Day celebrations – we pulled in more than £400. The £439.14 total, which will be split equally between conservation charity The Orangutan Appeal UK and our own fund to build a new £800,000 exhibit for our four orangs, was raised through games including … Continue reading Thanks for hanging with us!
Our black lemur family is settling into a newly-built home offering visitors a superb view of the critically endangered creatures. Mum Barbara, Dad Bryan, one-year-old Kim and baby Jim, who was born in April, have been moved from Lemur Wood walkthrough to their new £25,000 enclosure opposite our chimps. It comes complete with hammocks made … Continue reading Luxury lemur lodgings
Green-fingered gardeners at DZG have got their hands on a brand new tractor to take the strain of heavy-duty tasks. The new blue New Holland machine, which is four-wheel drive and can be converted into a forklift, will be used for muck loading and transporting materials around our hilly 40-acre site. It replaces our old … Continue reading Helping hand for gardeners
Our gardening team has added more than 1,500 bedding plants to DZG’s formal borders – and it’s looking blooming lovely. French marigolds, pelargoniums, salvias and cordylines have been planted around our 40-acre site including the nine beds near the Castle keep to create a delightful display for our visitors. Plants are also being put in … Continue reading Beautiful borders
DZG’s African pygmy goats are loving their new playground thanks to the upcycling skills of our specialist maintenance men. Mike Grace and Paul Share, who work on special development projects across the zoo, transformed part of the old play equipment that was near our camels into a new playground for goats Crouch, Dilly and Daffy. … Continue reading Pygmy goat playtime
Our vintage chairlift is ready for lift-off after undergoing its annual inspection. Following thorough checks, independent assessors have given DZG the all-clear for another year so the popular ride will be up and running this weekend. Over the last couple of days our site maintenance team have been busy re-installing the 41 numbered seats back … Continue reading We have lift-off!