We’ve got a special treat for you this Halloween – meet Maximus, our really scary six week-old Burrowing Owl! Bird Keepers stepped in to rescue the chick at two weeks-old after finding him in a flooded burrow following recent heavy rainfall. Birds Section Leader Nicola Wright, said: “The chick was being parent reared, but they’d … Continue reading Trick or treat…
We’re very excited to announce the birth of a female giraffe. The calf, who stands around 1.8 metres tall, was born on Sunday 22 September to 10 year-old mum, Josie and 18 year-old dad, Kubwa. DZG Assistant Curator Jay Haywood said: “Everyone at DZG is delighted with her arrival. “She’s been snuggled up to mum … Continue reading A special baby…
When keepers painted the chimp indoor house floor, our seven girls immediately knew something was different underfoot! The Lower Primates staff have been busy over the last few weeks revamping the indoor area with colourful greenery stencilled onto the walls and a new glossy brown paint on the floor. Senior Keeper Jade Reddall said: “The … Continue reading Something different underfoot!
DZG’s three Patagonian sea lion girls, Marina, Tania and Deisy, provided the muse for a CGI sea lion currently featuring in a national rail company’s advertising campaign. New publicity for South Western Railway follows a family’s adventure on the train line, as they pick up friends along the way – including Queen Elizabeth I, a … Continue reading Sea lion’s provide CGI muse
Our leaf cutter ants are feeling at home and have now started to travel through the network of transparent tubes – passing another brand new species to DZG along the way! The custom-built exhibit in the indoor chimp viewing area is home to 3,000 ants and encompasses the two large windows, with the ants recently … Continue reading Transparent tube travelling
Is there any better way to slide into your 19th birthday?! Every pool cleaning day this is how Oba enters the empty moat and keepers were on hand to capture his groovy moves on camera! Keeper Josh Luxton, who also made the fishy ice cake for the birthday boy, said: “Oba is always eagerly awaiting … Continue reading Sliding into 19th birthday
Sumatran tiger, Joao, had a ball with his new enrichment, which we’ve been able to provide thanks to our generous visitors. The giant purposely-made heavy-duty ball proved an instant hit with our tiger twosome – so a huge THANK YOU to the 22 people who donated to our online crowdfunding appeal. Acting Team Leader Sam … Continue reading Having a ball!
We’re really proud to be in a breeding position for the second rarest bird on the planet, following the arrival of a critically endangered female Asian songbird. The 11 month-old Bali Mynah – one of the world’s most iconic songbird species – has relocated from Heidelberg Zoo in Germany as part of a European Endangered … Continue reading Critically endangered pairing
Spider, one of our newly named baby ring-tailed lemur twins, wasted no time living up to his moniker as keepers spotted him scuttling across the new children’s rope bridge! The bridge is the latest addition to the new-look Lemur Wood, for anyone under 1.5 metres to use and keepers spotted Spider, who is the tiniest … Continue reading Exploring lemur twins
Keeper Cheyenne Darkins is hard at work training our three Carpathian lynx and Dave is proving to be her star pupil. The seven-year-old lynx is excelling at the target training sessions, so much so he’s flying ahead of Daisy and son, Dakota who are still only getting to grips with the basics. Cheyenne said: “I … Continue reading Dave’s a star pupil!