We’ve welcomed a chinchilla, two snakes and a bearded dragon to our Discovery Centre. The four new additions – called Blossom, Cortes, Gamble and Black Adder – will be used by Presenters on outreach, school visits, birthday parties and for meet and greets. Pictured with presenters Heather John and Langan Turner, cuddly white chinchilla Blossom … Continue reading Animal additions
The beloved childhood pet of our Conservation Officer Chris Leeson has joined the zoo and is sss-settling in well to his new abode. Sammy the corn snake was given to Chris as a 13th birthday present by his parents, but 13 years on he can no longer live with his devoted owner. So Chris, who … Continue reading Sammy sss-settles in!
Three gecko hatchlings born in DZG’s Reptile House have taken up residence down on the Farm. Two tiny Standing’s day geckos, born on August 7 and 10, and a tokay gecko which hatched on May 7 have just moved into a special hatchling area in the farm barn. Senior Keeper Kirsty Thornton said: “The geckos … Continue reading A trio of hatchlings
Education staff made a delightful discovery after two ‘male’ dragons donated to the zoo turned out to be a boy and a girl. The pair of Rankin’s dragons – smaller cousins of the bearded dragon – were both thought to be boys when they were handed in to our Education staff for use with visiting … Continue reading Reptile revelation!
Two DZG staff members zoomed in on their camera skills at a photography course in Birmingham. Our in-house graphic designer Rachel Lane and Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden attended the half-day course at Wex Photographic to help them get the most out of DZG’s new camera. And the results were stunning! Rachel and Jodie, who … Continue reading Top of the camera class
A new Amazon Tree boa has arrived at DZG and gone on display in our Reptile House. The male snake has come from Sparsholt College in Hampshire and has moved in with our two other Amazon Tree boas. Senior Keeper Sam Grove said: “He is settling in nicely and is getting to know his new … Continue reading New reptile resident
A Tokay gecko has been born in the Reptile House. The baby is currently off-show and is being reared by keepers. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “Tokay geckos have sticky eggs and we noticed dozens of eggs stuck onto the exhibit’s walls. “We had one baby hatch, which we had to remove from the enclosure … Continue reading Reptile House birth
Our smallest Discovery Centre critters are finding new uses for empty festive chocolate and biscuit boxes. As the leftover plastic tubs are being recycled into shelters for the likes of our snakes and lizards, including Kimber, our children’s python, pictured above, who slithered into her new home straight away! Head of Education, Phil Turner, said: … Continue reading Recycled hideaways
We’ve introduced a new breeding pair of snakes in the Reptile House following the arrival of a female to DZG. Keepers have relocated the male Dumeril’s ground boa from the Discovery Centre into the reptile exhibit and paired him with a new female from Rodbaston College in Staffordshire. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “The female … Continue reading Snakes pair up!