It’s International Macaque Day when we raise awareness of the critically endangered Sulawesi crested macaque. Their numbers have been slashed by 90 per cent over the last 30 years on their native Indonesian island of Sulawesi, because of extensive habitat loss due to farming and deforestation, as well as the illegal bush meat trade and … Continue reading Marking macaques
Our baby Sulawesi crested macaque is coming on leaps and bounds and she’s now got a name! Say hello to Keke – which means girl in Minahasan – the language of people in Northern Sulawesi in Indonesia, the native home of the critically endangered species. Keke was born to mum, Jasmine and dad, Tambo at … Continue reading Say hello to Keke
Our primate keepers are tickled PINK to discover our newest gelada baby is a GIRL!!! The youngster, who was born on December 19, is only our second female out of eight juveniles and has been named Panya, an African name meaning crowned one. Lower Primates Keeper Jade Reddall, said: “We thought the name Panya was … Continue reading Our baby gelada is…
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!