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What a year!

We’re celebrating the best yearly visitor figures for three decades, with 311,303 people flocking through the turnstiles in 2019. Our relaunched walkthrough Lemur Wood, home to 23 free-roaming lemurs, as well as the arrival of new species, including a Linne’s two-toed sloth, Arctic foxes and leaf-cutter ants all helped draw the crowds during the last Continue reading What a year!

Decorate our vivs!

Calling all aspiring artists! We’re hoping your talents can transform some of our vivariums in the Discovery Centre. Education staff have 11 plain wooden vivs, of various sizes, to display the zoo’s many Discovery Time artefacts, which they’d like jazzing up with a colourful backdrop to represent the following different categories: · British Wildlife · Continue reading Decorate our vivs!

Who wins? You decide!

We’ve pledged to give away another £12,000 to three worthwhile in-situ animal conservation projects this year and who gets the most money is down to you! Visitors who add the voluntary 10 per cent Gift Aid donation to their entrance fee throughout 2020 will be given a token to vote between cotton top tamarins, Asian Continue reading Who wins? You decide!

A milestone encounter!

There was only one way zoo member Rita Nicholls could mark her tenth year adopting Bornean orangutan, Jorong – by arranging a meet and greet with her favourite boy. And Rita always tries to visit our alpha male, who turned 25 last week, around his birthday. Rita, from Willenhall, said: “Jorong is such a character Continue reading A milestone encounter!

An ant alteration

With the availability of fresh leaves in short supply over the coming months, keepers are having to alter what they’re giving our leaf cutter ants. Keeper Harley Hunt said: “Because the ants’ usual leaves are not available during the winter months and they have difficulty cutting the really thick evergreen leaves, we’ve had to look Continue reading An ant alteration

Lenny visits DZC

We recently welcomed a very familiar face back to DZC as part of a BBC One documentary looking back at his extraordinary life – which changed forever here at the zoo.   Sir Lenny Henry, who is also a former zoo employee, showed Presenter Alan Yentob around the 40-acre site, as part of the arts Continue reading Lenny visits DZC