Say hello to Jinka our baby gelada BOY! The youngster, who was born on March 6, has been named after a market town in southern Ethiopia – the native homeland of the species and was given the moniker by Keeper Stephanie Ballard who was the first to find the newborn. Senior Keeper Jodie Dryden said: … Continue reading Say hello to Jinka!
It’s Global Recycling Day and we’re thrilled you’re helping us put the planet first by using our new bins. The colour-coded recycling centres were installed across the 40-acre site last summer encouraging visitors to recycle plastic bottles and aluminium cans and they’ve proved to be a huge success. Conservation Officer Chris Leeson, said: “We’re really … Continue reading Putting the planet first
We’re looking forward to welcoming back the 10,136 visitors who benefitted from DZG’s free return promotion. We handed out tickets to all full-paying admissions who came on site during January and February allowing them to come back and visit us again for free up until July 31. Zoo Director Derek Grove said: “Over the two … Continue reading Promotion benefits thousands!
Congratulations to our Birds Section Leader Nicola Wright who has flown away with this month’s Employee of the Month award. Nicola, who has worked at DZG for 12 years, was given the top title, alongside a certificate and gift vouchers after great feedback from managers and visitors. Zoo Director Derek Grove said: “Nicola’s dedication to … Continue reading Nicola flies off with top award!
Well hello little one! Meet our newest addition to our gelada troop! The baby was born on March 6 to 11-year-old mum, Jimma and 14-year-old dad Ebano and is our sixth youngster. Senior Keeper Jodie Dryden said: “This is Jimma’s second baby so she’s already an experienced mum and the newborn looks to be thriving. … Continue reading Hello little one!
Yum Yum! Watch how our Giant anteater Romy gobbles down her mealworm treats with her 2ft long tongue! This fab video shows the latest enrichment activity keepers set up for the three-year-old female by putting mealworms into a plastic bottle to mimic how they’d eat from a termite mound in the wild. Keeper Josh Luxton … Continue reading Mealworms on the menu!
How stunning is our newest feathered friend? He’s a Lilac-breasted roller called Trev! The beautiful bird, who is blue, lilac, white and brown in colour arrived from Birdworld in Hampshire six months ago but has only gone on show to visitors this week in the Triple Aviaries. Section Leader Nicola Wright said: “Lilac-breasted rollers are … Continue reading He’s a stunner!
Once upon a time at DZG a mob of meerkats snuggled up to listen to their keeper read all about their wild cousins in the Kalahari Desert. We’re marking World Book Day today with the help of ‘Meerkat Mail’ – a children’s book which is proving popular with our young school visitors. Marketing Assistant Louise … Continue reading Once upon a time…
Chicken is a dinner staple in many human and animal diets, including our binturongs Ellie and Elliot, who keepers have discovered prefer their poultry cooked! And to ensure the pair always have their portions to their liking, staff have installed a table top hob in the section kitchen to boil the chicken for two-year-old Elliot and … Continue reading Chicken dinner!
Here’s definitely something to brighten your Monday morning…meet our very cute newborn baby black-and-white ruffed lemur! And that’s not all – as there’s another one hiding in the box as we’ve had twins! The babies were born to 17-year-old mum, Olivia and 25-year-old dad, Broom, on February 19 in the Small Primate House and have … Continue reading Peepo baby!