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Trick or treat...

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…

A special baby...

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!

Sea lion's provide CGI muse

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

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!

Critically endangered pairing

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