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What a great day!

Hi Everyone, we had great fun yesterday. It was our first day out in the external enclosure and we got to see what DZG is really like. We saw lots of visitors who had called in specially to say hello and Tschuna reminded me we had to be on our best behaviour when the zoo’s Chief Continue reading What a great day!

Pigs and pancakes

Exotic breed pigs are flippin’ mad for pancakes today! Kune-kune pigs Bob and Betty have developed a taste for the Shrove Tuesday puds and couldn’t wait for their keepers to dish out the sweet treats. Trainee keeper Hannah Follows said: “Kune-kunes have a well-balanced diet of fruit and vegetables, but we always allow them a few special treats Continue reading Pigs and pancakes

Come and meet us!

It’s a big day for us today – we’re going to meet lots of visitors and find out what it’s really like at DZG. Both Tschuna and myself have been taking it easy in the internal enclosure, but today we’re venturing outside for the first time! Our keepers have told us there’s lots of room Continue reading Come and meet us!

Weekends mean playtime!

Our newly-arrived tigers, 18-month-old Amur, Tschuna, and 17-month-old Sumatran, Daseep, got down to some serious playtime yesterday in their internal enclosure – just hours before they prepare to meet DZG visitors. The girls, who transferred on Wednesday from Wuppertal Zoo, in Germany, have settled well and enjoy spending time in each other’s company rather than Continue reading Weekends mean playtime!

Oh no, here's the vet!

Hi Everyone, we had an unexpected visitor this morning – the DEFRA vet. He had a good look at us – he took particular note of Tschuna’s lovely white teeth – and then had a wander around our enclosure to make sure it’s exactly right. He also spent time in the external areas and made lots Continue reading Oh no, here’s the vet!

The way we did it in 1937

Moving our beautiful tigers into Berthold Lubetkin’s iconic Tecton enclosure took us on a trip down Memory Lane . . . The only time two big cats have been transported together into the Modernist structure was way back in spring 1937 when the zoo opened to the public. And the manoeuvre was almost identical – only Continue reading The way we did it in 1937

Tiger twosome settling in

Keepers are delighted our two new tigers are settling well. Tschuna and Daseep enjoyed a good night’s sleep and will be seeing lots of new faces throughout today as Cats Section keepers call in to say hello to our newest arrivals. Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “Keepers couldn’t believe how calm the girls were after their Continue reading Tiger twosome settling in

Half-term Outreach fun

Members of DZG’s Outreach team are introducing youngsters across the region to the wonderful world of wildlife during half-term. Staff are visiting playgroups, activity clubs and retail parks along with a collection of small tame animals including a bearded dragon, cornsnake and chinchilla. DZG Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “Outreach staff are set for a very busy half-term, with Continue reading Half-term Outreach fun

Happy Valentine's Day!

Love was in the air as five-year old red panda, Yasmin, celebrated St Valentine’s Day with a special delivery. Early shift keepers discovered a parcel addressed to the mini mammal containing two heart-shaped biscuits. Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “We’ve had lots of Valentine’s Day adoptions this year, and Yasmin has certainly been a favourite Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day!