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Getting to grips!

Lorikeet Lookout offers visitors the chance to get even closer to our animals – and as Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright has discovered some get a bit too close for comfort! Nicola handreared rainbow lorikeets Bonnie and Clyde as chicks when they first arrived at DZG in 2016 and they love it when she’s on Continue reading Getting to grips!

Romy laps up new feeder!

Giant anteater, Romy, is lapping up her new enrichment device. The fun puzzle maze feeder has been donated by DZG Customer Services Team Member, Laura Partridge for the two-year-old mammal and keepers immediately put it to use by filling it with natural yoghurt and mealworms. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “The puzzle feeder is typically Continue reading Romy laps up new feeder!

Climbing a wooden log can seem a mountainous task when you’re a five-week-old gelada baboon. But our littlest adventurer, Dendi, was determined to reach the top! Lower Primates Senior Keeper, Jade Reddall, said: “Dendi is getting more and more inquisitive and adventurous by the day and is now beginning to develop his climbing skills. “It’s Continue reading Dendi the adventurer!

Raising penguin awareness

We’re celebrating the wonderful world of penguins today as we raise awareness about the fascinating flightless birds. Penguin Awareness Day falls annually on January 20 and shines the spotlight on the popular black and white birds, whose numbers are dwindling day by day. Here at DZG we hold a colony of 80 Humboldts, living in Continue reading Raising penguin awareness

Gelada reveals gender!

Watch as our Gelada baboon dad, Ebano, reveals the gender of his latest newborn… Primate keepers threw a gender reveal party for our newest addition and added two enrichment boxes packed with coloured plastic children’s balls, hay and tasty treats into the gelada’s indoor den. And it didn’t take long for the 13-year-old alpha male Continue reading Gelada reveals gender!

Charlie's treats!

Blue and gold macaw, Charlie, is getting stuck into new toys and treats following a festive donation from her adopter. Christine Clive, a long-term supporter of the 27-year-old Discovery Centre parrot sent in a stocking full of nutty treats plus the monetary gift which DZG Presenter Heather John spent on a number of goodies from Continue reading Charlie’s treats!

As the recent snow fell outside, our giant anteater, Romy, was kept entertained indoors with a host of rotten logs which provided her with a host of exciting bug-finding opportunities. The two-year-old loves a good root through the soil in her front den in her search for hidden natural treats, so keepers added bucket loads Continue reading Rotten logs for Romy

New birds fly in!

Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright went on a road trip to collect some new additions to our feathered collection. Travelling to Newquay Zoo and Exmoor Zoo, Nicola picked up six red breasted geese and four cinnamon teals. Nicola said: “The geese and teals have already settled into the South American pool opposite the Discovery Centre Continue reading New birds fly in!

Halloween pumpkin playtime

Spooky carved Halloween treats didn’t scare DZG’s exotic animals who have been enjoying pumpkin playtime. Many of our species, from little Lumos the albino pygmy hedgehog, to our cotton-top tamarin and rainbow lorikeets have been tucking into the seasonal hollowed-out vegetables which staff filled with favourite foods. Assistant Curator Jay Haywood, said: “The Halloween treats, Continue reading Halloween pumpkin playtime