Primates

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!

Malaika's enrichment extravaganza!

DZG’s chimpanzees enjoyed an enrichment party in celebration of Malaika’s 29th birthday! Keepers decorated their outdoor paddock with blankets, sheets and pillow cases and left a variety of treats and items for them to play with – and birthday girl, Malaika, loved every second! Senior Keeper, Stacey Ball, said: “The girls had plastic ball pit Continue reading Malaika’s enrichment extravaganza!

Rare monkey arrivals

We’ve reintroduced two critically endangered new world monkeys to the DZG collection, a decade after we last held the species. Cotton-top tamarins, Katy and Rufus, are settling into the Small Primate House, after the nine year-old female arrived from Birmingham Conservation Park and the eight year-old male, relocated from London Zoo. Trainee Keeper, Cara Sheldon, Continue reading Rare monkey arrivals

Celebrating Earth

DZG’s Colombian black spider monkeys are helping us raise awareness of Earth Day with some themed enrichment. The annual international awareness day celebrates the planet and focuses on the environmental issues it faces, aiming to encourage people to be greener. Recycling newspaper, Lower Primate keepers made papier mâché globes, which they filled with vegetable and Continue reading Celebrating Earth

Hunting for eggs!

Primate keepers made sure Bornean orangutans, Jazz and Sprout, weren’t left out of DZG’s Easter celebrations. Keeper Sian-Leigh Simner, made colourful egg-themed enrichment, so the pair could enjoy their own egg hunt – orang style! Sian-Leigh said: “I made papier mâché eggs, which we filled with pieces of their favourite fruit and primate pellets, before Continue reading Hunting for eggs!

Join us for our 80th!

There’s less than one month to go until we turn 80 and Take a Walk on the Wild Side for our critically endangered Bornean orangutans. We’ll be turning back the clock on Saturday, May 6 – our actual opening date – and encouraging visitors to join our 5km sponsored walk around the zoo’s 40-acre site to raise Continue reading Join us for our 80th!