Primates

When keepers painted the chimp indoor house floor, our seven girls immediately knew something was different underfoot! The Lower Primates staff have been busy over the last few weeks revamping the indoor area with colourful greenery stencilled onto the walls and a new glossy brown paint on the floor. Senior Keeper Jade Reddall said: “The Continue reading Something different underfoot!

Eats shoots and leaves!

Our two male Bornean orangutans took part in an international research project but unfortunately our results failed miserably! We were asked by Singapore Zoo’s Wildlife Nutritionist, Francis Cabana, if we’d take part in the EAZA-endorsed project by filming our orangs eating a particular fresh evergreen leaf – congea tomentosa – which were sent directly from Continue reading Eats shoots and leaves!

Lending a hand

Visitors may have spotted a familiar face at DZG as we temporarily care for two Colombian Black Spider Monkeys. The pair –  former DZG resident Goochie and partner Rosie –  have relocated from Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park after we were called upon to assist following an alleged arson attack on their enclosure. Zoo Director Derek Continue reading Lending a hand

Another birth!

We’ve had another baby arrive in the Small Primate House and we’re thrilled it’s our third critically endangered black-and-white ruffed lemur in two months! The youngster is the first offspring of 17 year-old mum, Anna and 15 year-old dad, Earl and was born on April 21 – eight weeks after we welcomed twins to fellow Continue reading Another birth!

Scent-sational fundraising!

We’re saying a huge THANK YOU to kindhearted pupils at a Dudley primary school who carried out some scent-sational fundraising for our Orangutan Appeal. The crafty seven and eight year-old children in Owls class at Woodsetton School made lavender scented hearts from recycled materials, which they sold for 50p each, during a recent Recycling Day. Continue reading Scent-sational fundraising!

Planting for primates

It’s National Gardening Week and keepers have started their own veg patch for our primates. The Lower Primate team have transformed an off-show undeveloped area on the lower zoo site and started growing a selection of greens for the likes of our chimpanzees, spider and howler monkeys including runner beans, spinach, beetroot, courgettes, aubergines and Continue reading Planting for primates

A tell-tail sign!

There’s a clear tell-‘tail’ sign our newly arrived female Coppery titi monkey, Tilda, is already making an impression on male, Frank! Tilda, aged four, has recently been paired with ten year-old Frank following her relocation from La Vallée des Singes in France and the couple were spotted tail twining within days! Senior Keeper Sian-Leigh Simner, Continue reading A tell-tail sign!