Mammals’ Easter breakfast

A delicious Easter eggy breakfast is on the menu this weekend for some of our smallest mammals.


Otters, meerkats and mongoose will all be tucking into the eggs-tra goodies.

Senior keeper, Laura Robbins – pictured with the meerkats and their Easter treats –  said: “We’ll boil some and leave some raw to give them a variety of textures and tastes.

“We’ll leave them whole so they will have to work out how to get inside themselves, so not only does it give them a tasty treat, packed full of natural protein, but also provides an enrichment activity for them as well.

“It won’t take them long to work out how to crack the eggs against the rocks to break the shells.”


Down on the farm giant English rabbit, Alvin, is set for a hoppy Easter as the two-year-old male settles into his new home at the barn.

dzg_easter_meerkat_5_webThe bonny bunny will be joining our eggs-travaganza as youngsters take part in our annual Easter Trail (March 29 to April 14) with a free chocolate surprise for the first 500 entries on Easter Sunday.

There’s also a chance to enter our prize draw to win a year-long adoption package for Alvin – who weighs in at a whopping 15lbs (6.9kilos) – plus zoo tickets.

And for crafty young visitors there are Easter activities in the Farm Barn and Discovery Centre including a colouring competition and costume character Easter Bunny will be on site to meet and greet visitors during March 29 to April 1.

Elsewhere across the 40-acre site there’s a chance to get close to female tigers, Tschuna and Daseep via a peek through our glass viewing panel – scary! – and say hello to baby Bongo in Penguin Bay, our walkthrough experience which allows visitors to  get close to our 70-strong group of rare Humboldt penguins – the largest colony of parent-reared Humboldts in the UK.    Spring arrivals include a baby ringed-tail lemur and a three-month-old Bennetts wallaby – but you’ll have to be quick to spot him as he’s snuggled in his mum’s pouch!  

Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “We’ve got lots lined up throughout the Easter hols so come along and join the fun, there’s something for all ages to enjoy, and a chance to get close to some of the world’s rarest animals and learn about our important worldwide conservation projects.”