Primates

Hello Shire!

Keepers have discovered our gelada baby is another boy and they’ve named him Shire.   The youngster was born on October 17 to 12 year-old mum, Addis and 14 year-old dad, Ebano and has been named after a town in Northern Ethiopia – the native homeland of the species – and he’s doing really well. Continue reading Hello Shire!

And then there were 11!

Our gelada troop continues to grow with the arrival of another baby! The youngster was born last Thursday, October 17, to 12 year-old mum, Addis and 14 year-old dad, Ebano bringing the troop number to 11! Senior Keeper Jade Reddall, said: “We have fantastic breeding success with our geladas and all three of our adult Continue reading And then there were 11!

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!

Beautiful blooms are tasty treats

DZG’s gardeners are tending special plants which are providing tasty treats for Reggie, our Linne’s two-toed sloth. Our three-year-old sloth can’t get enough of hibiscus flowers and our Head Gardener, Carl Stevens, pictured below, has purchased a variety of the plants for the site’s greenhouses so Reggie can enjoy his fill of freshly picked beautiful Continue reading Beautiful blooms are tasty treats

Another rare birth

We’re celebrating the birth of another critically endangered primate with the arrival of a tiny yellow-breasted capuchin. The baby was born on September 10 to 16-year-old mum, Dinya and 12-year-old dad, Willow and keepers are delighted! Upper Primates Section Leader, Pat Stevens, said: “Dinya and Willow are very experienced parents and the baby seems to Continue reading Another rare birth

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!