DZG’s tigress turns five!

Our gorgeous Sumatran tigress Daseep is five years old today and was treated to boxes of birthday delights.

ABOVE – Beautiful Daseep is delighted with her special gifts

Senior Keeper Sarah Evans delivered her presents first thing this morning in the shape of three boxes wrapped in pretty pink paper.

And the birthday girl couldn’t wait to get unwrapping, making a bee-line for the boxes and diving straight in.

Popular Daseep also had birthday cards, shown right, posted to the zoo offices from some of her fans.

Sarah, pictured left spraying perfume on the presents for enrichment, said: “We added hay into the boxes with chicks and pieces of meat hidden inside.

“Daseep went straight for the boxes and tucked in immediately. I think she really enjoyed her treat but didn’t let Joao get that much of a look in.”

(ABOVE) Hands off! Daseep tells Joao the treats are all hers! (BELOW) Delicious – The surprise goes down a treat!

Sarah added: “I’m sure the tiger enclosure will be a busy place today with lots of visitors coming to see Daseep on her big day.

“She is such a gorgeous girl and we’re very lucky to have her here at DZG.”

Sumatran tigress Daseep is ranked as the world’s second most important female in the genetic pool for this rare sub-species which now numbers fewer than 400 in the wild.

Daseep and three-year-old handsome male, Joao, are paired as part of a major international conservation project for one of the world’s most critically endangered species.

Since arriving from Germany in 2012, Daseep’s friendly and playful personality ensured she quickly became a firm favourite with staff and visitors alike.

Have a delightful day Daseep!