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Nina, our two-month-old Colombian black spider monkey is growing up so quickly – just look at her tiny teeth! A critically endangered new world monkey species, spider monkeys have a very similar dental count to humans, but with an extra pre-molar. Senior Keeper Jade Reddall, who captured the footage, said: “We’ve noticed Nina’s teeth appearing Continue reading Baby steps and baby teeth!

When we received a new wildlife camera, generously purchased for us from our Amazon wishlist, keepers couldn’t wait to try it out – and look what we captured on the first night’s filming… In off-show woodland on site we discovered we have another family of badgers! Conservation Officer Chris Leeson, said:  “During lockdown people up Continue reading Wildlife camera try out!

Marking macaques

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

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