Primates

Dental work

When chimpanzee, Barbie, needed dental extraction work, it wasn’t your average trip to the dentist!   A makeshift operating theatre, complete with state-of-the art equipment, was created in the primate keepers’ office for the zoo’s veterinary team to use, alongside an expert veterinary dentist, who travelled from Manchester to carry out the two-hour operation – Continue reading Dental work

Tony's lemur legacy

Our lemurs can stay toasty during the colder months thanks to a new heated shelter, which has been funded in memory of a lemur-loving visitor.  The wooden and metal hut has been built in the centre of the one-acre walkthrough Lemur Wood by DZC’s in-house Development Team following a generous donation by the family of Tony Continue reading Tony’s lemur legacy

A double birth day!

We’ve got some exciting news to share about our geladas, with two babies born on the same day to different mums, but sharing the same dad! Tana gave birth to her second boy in the early hours of October 15, while a short while later Addis welcomed her first girl, surprising keepers who discovered them Continue reading A double birth day!

They’re known for their amazing call, with our two black howler monkeys showcasing their vocals every time our gardeners use their leaf blowers!   As soon as the gardeners arrive to tidy the leaves around their enclosure in the Triple Tecton, Dargie and Avyanna, start their deep howling call – it’s so loud, because of Continue reading Leaf it out!

Celebrating sloths!

It’s International Sloth Day and we’re hoping you’ll hang out and discover more about this wonderful species! Here at DZC we have Reggie and Flo, our Linne’s Two-Toed sloths, who have been paired as part of a European Studbook Breeding programme. Native to the tropical forests of northern Southern America, this arboreal species are well Continue reading Celebrating sloths!

Djimat's busy week!

It’s been a busy week for our new Bornean orangutan, Djimat, who has not only been exploring his new home, but also met Jazz and Sprout yesterday too and introductions couldn’t have gone better! The 33-year-old arrived from Denmark last Thursday, as part of an international conservation programme and staff are thrilled with how well Continue reading Djimat’s busy week!

Welcome Djimat!

We had a BIG delivery at DZC yesterday as a male Bornean orangutan arrived from Denmark as part of an international conservation programme for the critically endangered species. We’re incredibly excited to welcome 33-year-old Djimat (pronounced Ji-met) who has been recommended by the EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) studbook keeper as a genetically Continue reading Welcome Djimat!

Pygmy Pam

Pam, our breeding female pygmy marmoset, has sadly passed away unexpectedly, but her legacy lives on as her offspring have helped establish new groups of their own across the UK. The ten-year-old joined us from Dublin Zoo in 2013 to start a new group of the world’s smallest monkey species with male, Hendrix. Pygmy marmosets, Continue reading Pygmy Pam

It’s World Chimpanzee Day, when we raise awareness of the threats to endangered chimps in the wild. Press play and watch Senior Primate Keeper Harley Hunt as she explains more about the threats they face and introduces us to our seven girls in our latest Conservation Matters. As part of our conservation work we support Continue reading Conservation Matters: World Chimpanzee Day