Can you help us as we renew our plea for playthings for our primates? Our stocks of unwanted and clean bed linen and towels, which keepers use to provide enrichment for our Bornean orangutans and chimpanzees, are running low and we’re appealing for help from visitors to help replenish them. Assistant Curator, Jay Haywood, said: … Continue reading Primate playtime plea
Fallen autumn leaves provided ideal seasonal enrichment for gelada baboon, Gimbi’s first birthday party! Using four bags of dry leaves collected from around the zoo site, keepers covered the gelada’s indoor den flooring and mixed in some of their favourite primate pellets before letting the seven primates in to explore. Keeper, Jade Reddall, said:“The geladas … Continue reading Gimbi turns one!
DZG animals are tucking into a few eggs-tra treats during British Egg Week! The week-long event, which runs from October 9 – 15 and incorporates today’s World Egg Day celebrations, promotes the vast benefits of eggs, which are loved not just by humans, but animals too – including our critically endangered Colombian black spider monkeys. … Continue reading An eggcellent day!
Seasonal produce is always on the menu for our 200-strong animal species here at DZG. And in recent weeks our seven female chimpanzees have been tucking into delicious blackberries, freshly picked by keepers from bushes around the zoo site. And 23 year-old Mali didn’t waste any time in wolfing down the juicy autumnal treats!
Lower Primate Keepers got crafty to celebrate chimpanzee, Binti’s 27th birthday. Staff devised an exciting enrichment device for the group, which all seven chimp girls could use at the same time, using ply wood, plastic bottles and a few tasty treats! Senior Keeper, Jodie Dryden, said: “I made holes in a piece of plywood to … Continue reading Crafty keepers for Binti’s birthday!
Our newest keeper, Deb Pittaway, has completed her first summer season at DZG! Deb, aged 35, has joined our Upper Primates team from Twycross Zoo and has started her duties working alongside our four Bornean orangutans, Benji, Jorong, Jazz and our cheeky youngster, Sprout – just look at the face the six year-old is pulling … Continue reading Deb’s first DZG season!
We’ve welcomed a new critically endangered male Sulawesi crested macaque to DZG, who has a special place in the heart of Lower Primates Senior Keeper, Jodie Dryden. As Jodie was five year-old Tambo’s former keeper at Drusillas Park in East Sussex, where she helped care for him from birth. (pictured above!) Jodie said: “I returned … Continue reading Jodie reunites with Tambo!
We’ve had another yellow-breasted capuchin birth less than five months after his half-brother, Archie arrived. Our seventh baby was born on August 22 to ten year-old parents Holly and Willow. Upper Primates Keeper, Sian-Leigh Simner, said: “This is Holly’s third baby and it’s the smallest one we’ve ever had. But it’s feeding well and is getting … Continue reading Another baby capuchin!
Training is on target for Chester, our Colombian Black Spider Monkey, thanks to the efforts of Keeper Jade Reddall. The Lower Primates section keeper has been busy station training Chester, the group’s nine-year-old dominant male. Jade said: “Whenever we have to try and give medication or do something to any of the other three monkeys … Continue reading Training on target
Brave DZG Keeper Adam Wrench took a leap of faith and raised more than £800 for our Orangutan Appeal. The 27 year-old farm keeper plummeted 10,000ft through the air during a sponsored skydive last week, as he raised money towards our £800,000 target to build a separate outdoor enclosure for our four orangutans – Jorong, … Continue reading Adam’s leap of faith!