News

Rare monkey arrival

We’re thrilled to announce the birth of a critically endangered Colombian black spider monkey – our first in four decades. Evita, 16, gave birth in the outside paddock in front of stunned onlookers on Friday – one of the hottest and busiest days on site! DZC Curator Richard Brown, said: “This is incredibly exciting news Continue reading Rare monkey arrival

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!

Grant funds Tecton revamp

DZC has been given the go ahead to begin developing plans to renovate a further four of the site’s iconic 1930’s Tecton structures. A £120,000 grant from the Getty Foundation’s Keeping It Modern initiative will allow repair proposals to be carried out on the Discovery Centre (the former Moat Café), Queen Mary Restaurant (formerly the Continue reading Grant funds Tecton revamp

Death of Jorong

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our much-loved breeding male Bornean orangutan, Jorong.   The 25-year-old died earlier today in the presence of the zoo’s veterinary team and his keepers while undergoing treatment for a long-term illness.   All DZC staff are understandably devastated at the loss of the great ape Continue reading Death of Jorong

Dave's farewell

They say never work with children or animals… it’s sound advice, which fortunately for us Dr David Beeston ignored!   After four decades, David, who’s one of our longest serving members of staff, retired from his lifelong career yesterday – unfortunately due to covid-19 without any fanfare, but we’re sure there’s a party on the Continue reading Dave’s farewell

Introducing Connie!

It’s a week of welcomes! Say hello to Connie! Connie is an Asian palm civet, who has transferred to DZC from Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park in York as part of a conservation programme and she forms a brand-new mixed exhibit with fellow Asian species, our two binturongs, Ellie and Elliot. She arrived shortly Continue reading Introducing Connie!

Ebony's Spring Clean

Ebony, our female Salmon pink tarantula has had a full Spring clean in her home with thanks to her keeper, Sarah Redding. Sarah gave Ebony’s vivarium a full clean which included washing the glass, rinsing all her accessories with boiling water and changing her substrate.

When Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo nominated us for a #TikTok Blinding Lights Challenge, our keepers just couldn’t resist! So here it is:- Whilst we had so much fun making this video, we thought we’d also share a few of the outtakes!