Primates

Orangutan appeal area

Visitors can keep track of fundraising efforts for our new £800,000 orang utan enclosure in our official appeal area. We’re planning to create an entirely separate outdoor exhibit for our popular Bornean orangutans and aim to start work within three years. To help us reach our target we’ve built a totaliser wall alongside the orangutan Continue reading Orangutan appeal area

Birthday greetings

We’ve a birthday girl and boy on site today! Birthday boy, Oba, gets some fishy treats from Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans.  We’re wishing Patagonian sea lion, Oba, a very happy 17th birthday, while our littlest Sulawesi crested macaque, Summer, turns two! Summer’s dad, Simon, gets in on the snap with the birthday girl! Spot Summer Continue reading Birthday greetings

Voting visitors

We’re looking ahead to our 2018 redevelopment plans and inviting visitors to choose our next exciting animal project, involving either bears, tigers or chimpanzees. All visitors who add the ten per cent voluntary donation to their entrance fee will receive a token and be invited to vote for one of three major projects we’ve got Continue reading Voting visitors

Show your support!

Visitors can show their support for DZG’s orangutans by purchasing one of our colourful appeal wristbands or pin badges. Every penny from the £2 silicone band or £3 enamel badge, will go towards our campaign to raise £800,000 for a new outdoor enclosure for our Bornean orangs. Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “Make a pledge Continue reading Show your support!

Cooling chimp treats

Our seven chimpanzee girls enjoyed a cooling frozen treat in the warm weather. In celebration of Fanny’s 43rd birthday yesterday, keepers filled bamboo canes with natural yoghurt, which they then popped in the freezer. Lower Primates Keeper, Jodie Dryden, said: “It was really interested to see three different reactions to the chimp-friendly ice lollies. “Some Continue reading Cooling chimp treats

No puzzling our sakis!

DZG’s saki monkeys weren’t left puzzled by their latest challenge by keepers. Following a generous donation of an acrylic foraging toy from our Amazon Wishlist, primate keepers have put it to the test in the Small Primate House with great success. Keeper Sian-Leigh Simner, said: “I filled it with peanuts and hung it in the saki Continue reading No puzzling our sakis!

Hat-trick honours!

We’re delighted to announce DZG has scooped three prestigious honours at the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievements in the zoological world. Our £20,000 Baboons on the Bank exhibit, which provides a natural hillside home for our breeding group of gelada baboons was awarded a Silver Award during Continue reading Hat-trick honours!

A very special baby!

We’ve got exciting news as we’ve had the first rare black lemur birth at DZG in over a decade. And it’s extra special as we play a key role in the conservation battle of the vulnerable species, as we’re the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) studbook holder for the entire European captive population. The newborn Continue reading A very special baby!