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Introducing Kira!

Giraffe keepers have been busy suggesting names for our gorgeous girly and we’re delighted to introduce you to KIRA! A popular girl’s name, Kira (pronounced Kee-ra) is also named after Kira Town, one of Uganda’s largest cities. Since we revealed her birth last month, Kira’s received lots of visitors to the giraffe house eager to Continue reading Introducing Kira!

Arctic foxes arrive!

We’re really excited to announce the arrival of four Arctic foxes – a species we haven’t held at DZG for at least three decades. Keepers collected the four five-month-old brothers from Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland earlier this week. And the brothers, who’ve been named after the Peaky Blinders’ Shelby brothers – Tommy, Arthur, John Continue reading Arctic foxes arrive!

Happy shopping!

Calling all Amazon shoppers… Did you know you can donate to DZG at no cost to you by simply shopping online through AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is operated by Amazon and features the exact same products and prices, but the difference is when you shop through AmazonSmile, 0.5 per cent of the purchase price of eligible products Continue reading Happy shopping!

Flying high!

We’re flying high after achieving the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS) award. The marque is given annually by Visit England following a secret visit by an inspector, who in a report commended the appearance of the zoo and castle grounds, the “amazing number and variety of species” and the “infectious” knowledge and passion of Continue reading Flying high!

Bye boys!

Our troop of gelada boys have left DZG for a new home in Latvia as part of an international conservation programme. The five 11 year-old bachelors, Simiya and brothers Semelo, Sanijo, Jilo and Jima were transported via road and ferry to Riga Zoo earlier this week. Curator Richard Brown said: “The EEP co-ordinator visited DZG Continue reading Bye boys!

Singing from the rooftops!

We’re singing from the rooftops in thanks to YOU for helping us achieve a silver award for contributing more than €3,000 to save Asian songbirds from extinction. For the last two years we’ve been raising funds and awareness for the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) conservation campaign ‘Silent Forest, Asian Songbird Crisis’, which Continue reading Singing from the rooftops!

Zoo keeping is a tough vocation and it takes a special kind of someone who’s willing to work tirelessly to create a better future for wildlife. Keepers have to be carers, cleaners, cooks and conservationists all rolled into one and it doesn’t involve simply cuddling animals all day long! It’s hard, physical work which is Continue reading Celebrating Zoo Keepers

Lookback with Lesley!

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!

A special baby...

We’re very excited to announce the birth of a female giraffe. The calf, who stands around 1.8 metres tall, was born on Sunday 22 September to 10 year-old mum, Josie and 18 year-old dad, Kubwa. DZG Assistant Curator Jay Haywood said: “Everyone at DZG is delighted with her arrival. “She’s been snuggled up to mum Continue reading A special baby…