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Flying squad stunners!

Three new impressive recruits have joined our birds of prey display team. Buzz the Asian brown wood owl, Hannibal the Eurasian Eagle owl and Attila the Steppe Eagle have transferred from Colchester Zoo. Birds Section Leader Nicola Wright said: “The trio make a fantastic addition to the flying team and we’re very excited to have Continue reading Flying squad stunners!

Early shed

Our eight reindeer girls are shedding their antlers – but this year it’s happening just a bit earlier than normal. And Assistant Curator Jay Haywood said it’s all because we don’t have any pregnancies in the female-only herd at this time. Jay said: “Males of almost all deer species grow antlers, but only female reindeer Continue reading Early shed

Your guide to DZG!

We’re putting the final touches to a brand new DZG guidebook. Set to hit the shelves of the Safari Shop in the next few weeks, priced £3, the A5-sized book has been designed by our in-house graphic designer and includes a pull out site map, which will help you discover the world’s rarest animals around Continue reading Your guide to DZG!

Lemur Wood reopens!

The cast of Madagascar the Musical officially cut the ribbon to our new look Lemur Wood and were the first visitors to see the revamp! We’ve undertaken a £100,000 facelift on the popular one-acre walkthrough, which is home to more than 20 free-roaming black-and-white ruffed, collared and ring-tailed lemurs. Zoo Director Derek Grove said: “For Continue reading Lemur Wood reopens!

Birds back to it!

Delta, our hand-reared red-legged seriema, enjoyed exploring the castle courtyard for the first time this year, following his annual moult. The one year-old, along with the rest of our bird of prey team have been off-show since the beginning of December, but with the weather getting warmer, keepers have reintroduced our popular daily bird of Continue reading Birds back to it!

A cracking Easter!

We’re looking forward to a cracking Easter with the relaunching of Lemur Wood and baby animals aplenty! We’re gearing up to reopen the one-acre walkthrough exhibit on Saturday which has undergone a £100,000 revamp and is home to more than 20 free-roaming rare Madagascan lemurs. Marketing Manager Andrea Hales said: “We have plenty going on Continue reading A cracking Easter!

From Madagascar to DZG!

X-Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry came face-to-face with our colony of Humboldt penguins, but it was his puppet co-stars who caught our birds’ attention! The singer, who was joined by some of his fellow cast members of Madagascar the Musical took time out of their tour to visit DZG ahead of their stop-off at Wolverhampton Grand Continue reading From Madagascar to DZG!

Peepo! We see you!

Visitors have started to spot our Bennett’s wallaby joeys who are having their first nosey at the outside world! These fab photographs were captured by Charlotte Christy of a joey enjoying the first sniff of springtime air in the walkthrough exhibit while still inside its mother’s pouch. Assistant Curator Jay Haywood, said: “We’ve seen two Continue reading Peepo! We see you!

Recycling pays!

Recycling certainly pays at DZG as we’ve been able to purchase tasty enrichment treats for our animals with funds raised from scrap metal. Our Brazilian tapirs, along with the Barbary Sheep, giraffes and reindeer, have been enjoying salt licks after we made £176 from scrapping metal from enclosure projects at Mason Metals in Brierley Hill. Continue reading Recycling pays!

Wakey wakey Bubbles!

Wakey wakey Bubbles! Who struggled to get out of bed this morning like our male giant anteater? The clocks springing forward yesterday also means more time to visit our 1,600-strong animal collection as we revert to summer hours. From today we’re open from 10am until 4pm, with the 40-acre site closing 90 minutes later, allowing Continue reading Wakey wakey Bubbles!