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Ape artists!

We’re going ape for the amazing artwork our chimps have painted to mark DZG’s Ape Awareness Day today. Brushstokes by Banika and Binti and masterpieces by Mali and Mandy have been printed and made into key rings to create unusual souvenirs which are being sold in aid of an ape conservation charity. The key fobs, Continue reading Ape artists!

Snow beautiful!

It looked snow beautiful at DZG as some of our animals explored the white stuff. Despite being closed to visitors yesterday because of the wintry weather, our otters and red pandas in particular were having a ball. Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden caught some of the recent snowy scenes on camera and made this wonderful Continue reading Snow beautiful!

Bubbles for Barbie!

Keepers broke out the bubbles today to celebrate Barbie’s 40th birthday down in our chimp enclosure. The third oldest of DZG’s seven chimpanzees was treated to some birthday bubbles and banana – and both went down a treat. Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden said: “As it was Barbie’s special birthday we decided to get out Continue reading Bubbles for Barbie!

Tender tapir moment

A beautiful moment between our mum and daughter Brazilian tapirs has been captured on camera. DZG Assistant Curator Jay Haywood was walking past the South American paddock towards closing time at the end of a busy Mother’s Day when he stopped to watch mum Meena and daughter Luna swimming together. The youngster, now 10 months, Continue reading Tender tapir moment

Romy’s regime

Romy, our adorable giant anteater, has been given her own weekly workout to keep her occupied through the night. Keeper Josh Luxton has devised a timetable of interesting exercises for two-year-old Romy so she is kept active and stimulated as she searches for treats in her indoor area. It features a puzzle maze feeder on Continue reading Romy’s regime

Perfumes put to grrreat use!

Perfumes have poured in following our plea for unwanted scents to give our big cats some sweet-smelling playtime. More than 150 bottles of aftershave and perfume have been passed on to keepers who have already put the scents to grrreat use with our Sumatran tigers Daseep and Joao. Scents were squirted on to climbing frames Continue reading Perfumes put to grrreat use!

Birthday boy is kept bizzy!

Birthday boy, Kito, has been having a ball with new enrichment, following a £100 donation from a DZG supporter. Staff used the generous gift to purchase a new Bizzy Bites boredom breaker – an enrichment toy typically used for horses, but which is also perfect for our giraffe trio and Kito, who is four today, soon Continue reading Birthday boy is kept bizzy!

Scent-sational playtime

We’re offering to recycle your unwanted perfumes and aftershaves, so we can provide scent-sational playtime for our rarest animals! Keepers regularly use strong scents as enrichment for our big cats and some of our primates, which encourages them to use natural behaviours – watch as Asiatic lion, Kyra, puts on her perfume this morning! Assistant Continue reading Scent-sational playtime