Looking back at 2016!

As 2016 draws to a close, we take a look back at the year…

Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “We have come to the end of a very busy year; our staff have worked incredibly hard to achieve a huge amount of growth and progress.

“Visitor attendance rose  by ten per cent, achieving a 30 year high of more than 300,000 visitors being welcomed to the zoo and over the past year we have undertaken an unprecedented amount of animal exhibit refurbishment projects which have seen the arrival of new species, vacant areas have been reused and improvements have been carried out to animal facilities.

“We’ve also launched a new website and seen a growth in our social media, as well as redeveloping our Outreach programme.

“From everyone at DZG I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who have helped us achieve such a brilliant year and we look forward to celebrating a successful 2017 together.” 

And here are some of our favourite images from the last 12 months…


 Happy Zoo Year!                                                           Jorong turns 21                                                        Celebrating Australia Day


Marking Year of the Monkey                                        Pancake Day fun                                                               Protecting hooves


Our first babies of 2016 – Daffy & Dilly                       Opening Flamingo Falls with BBC WM                             Defibrillator donation


       Kito’s April Fools                                                       Penguin handrearing                                                 Jodie’s macaque mission


Three, two Onesie Walk                                            Lioness Asha turns 10!                                                 20 new flamingos


 Mali’s public entrance                               A royal celebration in Lorikeet Lookout                             A blooming lovely site!


A new species for DZG!                                            CBeebies films                                                     Nosey Meena checks in!


Every little helps!                             Hello, Sunflower!                                       Zoolympics!


A record breaking summer                              Moulting moments                                     Anniversary calendar 


From drug houses to bug houses                           Celebrating our fab Zoo Keepers                                      Howlers’ new home


Our Heritage Angel                                       A new baby on the bank!                                  Giraffes take part in research project 


Panto fun                                         Adopting Makalu                                           Merry Christmas!

Let’s see what 2017 brings!