The zoo might be silent of excited visitor chatter, but there’s still plenty of animal sounds to hear each day. And our 70-strong Humboldt penguin colony are certainly one of the noisiest species on site! Penguins communicate by vocalising, with Humboldts making three different call sounds. The birds have specialised throat structures which … Continue reading Penguins calling
Barney, the hand reared young Bennett’s wallaby, is back living at the zoo and in the last few days even had his first experience of snow! His successful move back on site is testament to the dedication and hard work of Senior Keeper Laura Robbins, who stepped in to provide surrogate care to the joey … Continue reading Barney’s back!
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!
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!