Primates

Bubbles for Barbie!

Keepers broke out the bubbles today to celebrate Barbie’s 40th birthday down in our chimp enclosure. The third oldest of DZG’s seven chimpanzees was treated to some birthday bubbles and banana – and both went down a treat. Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden said: “As it was Barbie’s special birthday we decided to get out Continue reading Bubbles for Barbie!

Happy macaque day!

Today is International Macaque Day – and we’re marking the occasion by pledging to help save macaques in the wild over the next five years. As part of DZG’s ongoing conservation work, we’ve committed to support Selamatkan Yaki, a project working out in Indonesia to protect the critically endangered Sulawesi crested black macaque. We’re backing Continue reading Happy macaque day!

Celebrating Barbara!

We’re wishing mums of all species a Happy Mother’s Day today – especially our first-time mum Barbara, the black lemur. Last May Barbara gave birth to daughter Kimmy – our first baby black lemur in over a decade – and she’s taken to motherhood incredibly well. Trainee Keeper Cara Sheldon said: “Barbara is very caring Continue reading Celebrating Barbara!

Appealing souvenirs

An award-winning artist has added her support to our £800,000 orang appeal by creating a superb souvenir exclusively for DZG. Hannah Dale, who founded Wrendale Designs, has produced a beautiful orang illustration on a gorgeous greetings card to help pull in pounds for our planned separate outdoor exhibit for our four Bornean great apes. The designer, who Continue reading Appealing souvenirs

Hot stew on menu!

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!

Welcome Kadida!

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!

Scent-sational playtime

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 about our lar gibbons

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!

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!