Primates

Best foot forward!

We’re wishing Senior Keeper Rachel Leek the best of luck, as she’s set to trek 80 miles along Hadrian’s Wall next week to raise money for spider monkeys in the wild! The Lower Primates keeper will be tackling the mammoth challenge alongside husband Adam as she fundraises for Wildtracks, a charity in Belize, which works Continue reading Best foot forward!

DZC takes centre stage

Three DZC keepers took centre stage at the BIAZA Mammal Working Group virtual conference. Lower Primates Section Leader Jodie Dryden, Carnivore Keeper Cheyenne Darkins and Trainee Keeper Chloe Riley all submitted pre-recorded presentations, which were broadcast to zoo professionals at BIAZA collections around Britain and Ireland as part of the online three-day conference. Jodie spoke Continue reading DZC takes centre stage

Following the news that celebrity professional dancers, AJ and Curtis Pritchard, will be starring in this year’s festive panto at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre – which DZC is sponsoring – our Bornean orangutan, Sprout, is hoping to impress them with some of her own interpretive dance moves! Strictly Come Dancing and I’m a Celebrity star, AJ, Continue reading Sprout’s out to impress!

Birth captured on camera

We’re thrilled to announce the birth of a critically endangered Colombian black spider monkey, which was captured on camera by one of our delighted primate keepers. Twenty year-old Valentine gave birth to the tiny baby last week just as Senior Keeper, Harley Hunt arrived at their indoor den. Harley said: “As soon as I realised Continue reading Birth captured on camera

Nina, our two-month-old Colombian black spider monkey is growing up so quickly – just look at her tiny teeth! A critically endangered new world monkey species, spider monkeys have a very similar dental count to humans, but with an extra pre-molar. Senior Keeper Jade Reddall, who captured the footage, said: “We’ve noticed Nina’s teeth appearing Continue reading Baby steps and baby teeth!