Keepers cooked up a warming stew for our seven chimpanzee girls during the latest cold snap. The keepers in Lower Primates boiled a pot of vegetables and then blended them together while they were still warm to make a stew which was served up as a drink in plastic bottles. Senior Keeper Jodie Dryden said: … Continue reading Hot stew on menu!
DZG’s first ever gelada baboon female has a pretty new name – thanks to our Facebook fans! We invited our followers to pick their favourite name from a choice of three and we’re delighted to reveal she’s now called Kadida. More than 400 people joined in the Facebook poll with Kadida taking more than half … Continue reading Welcome Kadida!
We’re offering to recycle your unwanted perfumes and aftershaves, so we can provide scent-sational playtime for our rarest animals! Keepers regularly use strong scents as enrichment for our big cats and some of our primates, which encourages them to use natural behaviours – watch as Asiatic lion, Kyra, puts on her perfume this morning! Assistant … Continue reading Scent-sational playtime
Learn more about our family of lar gibbons during half term Q&A sessions. Our education staff will be introducing visitors to our family of four lesser apes – dad, Huggy, mum, Meo and their offspring Penny and Indah, during the daily 12pm talk at their enclosure, next to the sealion moat pools. Discover how the … Continue reading Learn about our lar gibbons
We’re tickled pink to discover our newborn gelada baboon baby is a GIRL!! She’s the first gelada baboon female we’ve had born at DZG as our other four youngsters have all been boys. Senior Keeper, Jodie Dryden, said: “We’re over the moon to have a girl and finally break the all-boy chain! “She’s thriving and … Continue reading We’re tickled pink!
Steph Meakin had the “best day” of her life when she became a DZG keeper for the day. It was a birthday treat to remember for the 36 year-old from Derby, who took part in the unique experience with husband, Philip. Throughout their experience the couple worked alongside big cat, primate and ungulate keepers and helped … Continue reading Steph’s best day
We’ve even more exciting news from our Baboons on the Bank as we’ve had another baby! The newest addition to the ever-growing troop was born on January 25 to mum, Tana and dad Ebano, and its arrival comes just five weeks after the birth of half-brother, Dendi. Senior Keeper, Jodie Dryden, said: “We’re thrilled to … Continue reading More news from the baboon bank!
With our exotic animals producing an average of 29 tonnes of waste every month, two new custom made muck trailers are proving to be very useful for DZG keepers! The large trailers, made locally for us by Kaytow in Brierley Hill, carry a tonne of waste each, which has enabled our staff to speed up … Continue reading No mucking around!
Climbing a wooden log can seem a mountainous task when you’re a five-week-old gelada baboon. But our littlest adventurer, Dendi, was determined to reach the top! Lower Primates Senior Keeper, Jade Reddall, said: “Dendi is getting more and more inquisitive and adventurous by the day and is now beginning to develop his climbing skills. “It’s … Continue reading Dendi the adventurer!
Watch as our Gelada baboon dad, Ebano, reveals the gender of his latest newborn… Primate keepers threw a gender reveal party for our newest addition and added two enrichment boxes packed with coloured plastic children’s balls, hay and tasty treats into the gelada’s indoor den. And it didn’t take long for the 13-year-old alpha male … Continue reading Gelada reveals gender!