Primates

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!

Celebrating orangs

It’s International Orangutan Day and we’re raising awareness for these critically endangered great apes.   Rapid habitat loss, mainly due to palm oil plantations, as well as illegal poaching and hunting is pushing the primates to the brink of extinction. Experts also claim this magnificent species could be wiped off the planet in the next Continue reading Celebrating orangs

Hello Flo!

We’re very excited to introduce you to Flo, our female Linne’s two-toed sloth. The one-year-old has joined us from Dierenpark Amersfoort in the Netherlands to partner four-year-old Reggie, as part of a European Studbook Breeding Programme (ESB). DZC Curator Richard Brown said: “Flo’s arrival is fantastic news for the zoo. “It’s been a species we’ve Continue reading Hello Flo!

Camera trap footage has captured our Colombian black spider monkeys, Evita and Chester, settling into parenthood with their newborn daughter, Nina. At almost a fortnight old, keepers are delighted to confirm the critically endangered primate is female, with her name meaning ‘girl’ in Spanish – the country’s official language. Lower Primates Senior Keeper, Jade Reddall Continue reading Camera captures newest family

Rare monkey arrival

We’re thrilled to announce the birth of a critically endangered Colombian black spider monkey – our first in four decades. Evita, 16, gave birth in the outside paddock in front of stunned onlookers on Friday – one of the hottest and busiest days on site! DZC Curator Richard Brown, said: “This is incredibly exciting news Continue reading Rare monkey arrival

Marking macaques

It’s International Macaque Day when we raise awareness of the critically endangered Sulawesi crested macaque. Their numbers have been slashed by 90 per cent over the last 30 years on their native Indonesian island of Sulawesi, because of extensive habitat loss due to farming and deforestation, as well as the illegal bush meat trade and Continue reading Marking macaques

Our baby Sulawesi crested macaque is coming on leaps and bounds and she’s now got a name! Say hello to Keke – which means girl in Minahasan – the language of people in Northern Sulawesi in Indonesia, the native home of the critically endangered species. Keke was born to mum, Jasmine and dad, Tambo at Continue reading Say hello to Keke

Leap of Faith revealed!

We’re excited to reveal a very special statue to help us highlight the plight of Madagascan lemurs. The gigantic steel artwork featuring a ring-tailed lemur leaping from one pole to another, with a baby gripping its back, provides a focal point in our one-acre walkthrough exhibit and is another way for us to engage with Continue reading Leap of Faith revealed!