When the zoo shuts for the day and the animals are locked away, we’ve captured footage of some of our native wildlife who come out to play!
DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson has set up special night vision camera traps in certain areas of the 40-acre site and caught on camera badgers and foxes – including a curious cub!
Chris said: “We’ve known these animals have been living around the zoo site for many years as we spot tell-tale signs of their nocturnal activities, but this is the first time we’ve been able to get an insight into what they actually get up to when all the other exotic animals are in bed.”
And it’s not just badgers and foxes as we’ve also got plenty of bats which have been detected in the castle courtyard using specialist equipment that picks up their high frequency call and a large abundance of moth species spotted using non-lethal light traps outside Harry Hatch’s cottage in the centre of the zoological gardens.
Chris added: “We’ve discovered a family of foxes by the back of the chimp enclosure and I’ve seen at least 16 badgers at the top of the chairlift and behind the Discovery Centre.
“Now we’ve been able to identify exactly where the different species are located on the zoo site, we can begin keeping detailed animal surveys in order to properly target conservation issues relating to our native wildlife.
“Hopefully we can set up footage for visitors to see and in the future look at holding evening events with local wildlife groups when we can track the animals across the site.”
See the captured footage in the video below…