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Birthday girl Banika

We’re wishing our youngest and most playful chimp Banika many happy returns as she turned 24 today. The birthday girl enjoyed some dates and monkey nuts which were kindly donated to the all-female group by chimp lover and DZG member Wendy Gray. Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden said: “Banika is definitely our cheekiest chimp and Continue reading Birthday girl Banika

Harriet’s hand-picked gifts

A four-year-old girl from Walsall has picked, wrapped and delivered Christmas presents for her two favourite animals at the zoo. Harriet Beech, who has visited DZG since she was three months old with her mum Nichola Pemberton and dad Nicholas Beech, has just brought in the parcels for our youngest Bornean orang Sprout and Carpathian Continue reading Harriet’s hand-picked gifts

Tecton tour

Architects given a behind-the-scenes look at some of the zoo’s curvy concrete structures were fascinated by the iconic designs. Director Terry Plant and staff from The Design Büro in Leamington Spa were given a tour of some of the 12 Tecton buildings by Zoo Director Derek Grove. DZG has the world’s largest single collection of Continue reading Tecton tour

Festive food is served!

The Queen Mary Restaurant at DZG has an array of tempting festive fare to warm up our visitors throughout December. For the next few weeks the restaurant is serving a selection of seasonal delights including mulled wine, mulled cider, Baileys hot chocolate and delicious hot turkey baps. Catering Team Leader Becky Mills said: “We’ve got some Continue reading Festive food is served!

Bags of help!

We’re enormously grateful to a Dudley-based builders merchant for some jumbo sacks to help keep our site spick and span. The Dudley branch of Selco Builders Warehouse, based on the Coneygree Industrial Estate on Coneygree Road, donated the giant sacks to make it easier for us to gather up fallen leaves. DZG Assistant Curator Jay Continue reading Bags of help!

When Sooty met Santa

DZG’s glittering Winter Wonderland grotto has been officially opened by panto stars, Sooty and his right-hand man Richard Cadell. The Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s panto stars cut the ribbon to the magical grotto inside the 11th century Dudley Castle just before we welcomed almost 300 children from the Midlands-based children’s charity, Mad Hatters, for their annual Christmas party. Continue reading When Sooty met Santa

Familiar faces on film

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

Harmonious habitat

It’s plain to see our mixed exhibit the South American paddock is a harmonious habitat! Our three Brazilian tapirs, capybara and Patagonian mara were caught on camera together snuggling up in the warmth of the indoor den, which made for a great picture. Keeper Cheyenne Darkins said: “It was lovely to see all three South American Continue reading Harmonious habitat

Plastics pledge

DZG has vowed to fight plastic waste and back a UK campaign to highlight the damage it wreaks on our oceans and wider environment. We’re supporting efforts from the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) to get its members and their visitors to reduce levels of plastic being used on site. Already our Continue reading Plastics pledge