New pocket guide

New for 2024, we’ve got a new guide book to compliment your visit to DZC, which has hit the shelves just in time for half term visitors! The handy pocket guide, which is priced £4 from the Safari Shop or online on our website, is an ideal souvenir of your zoo day out, packed full […]

Playing Cupid!

There’s just a week left until Valentine’s Day and love is already in the air for some of our exotic species! In readiness for the special day our keepers have planned special Valentine’s meals for our newest loved-up couples, Floki and Helga the wolverines, red pandas Carko and Ember and Titi monkeys Pico and Tilda. […]

Congratulations Fiona!

Congratulations to Senior Primate Keeper Fiona Cox, who has been awarded this month’s Employee of the Month! Fiona received multiple nominations from zoo staff after she successfully injection trained Bornean orangutan, Benji, prior to him being anaesthetised for a general health-check with the zoo’s veterinary team – which he passed with flying colours! Curator Richard […]

Ember retains the top spot!

She’s done it again! Red panda, Ember, has retained the top spot as DZC’s most adopted animal of 2023! And our marketing team sent out more adoption packages for the two- year-old over the Christmas season than any other species on site! Marketing Manager Andrea Hales, said: “Ember took the top title last year from […]

Annual audit gets underway

We’re kicking off 2024 by counting all of our animals as the annual audit gets underway. Keepers at zoos across the country have to legally submit an accurate number of every invertebrate, bird, mammal, reptile and amphibian they care for as part of the Zoo Licensing Act. This data helps international conservation programmes by being […]

Christmas comes early for Vic!

Christmas came early for Customer Services Team Member, Vic O’Toole, who was named our Employee of the Month! Vic, who received a certificate and a gift voucher from the zoo’s management team, was nominated by Lower Primates Section Leader Jodie Dryden for the work he does as part of our stores team, where he carries […]

A special Christmas gift!

We’ve received a very special early Christmas present, following the birth of a baby giant anteater! The pup was born to four-year-old mum, Lyra and six-year-old dad, Bubbles on Saturday afternoon in front of surprised visitors. Section Leader, Sam Grove, said: “It’s wonderful to end the year with this happy news, especially just before Christmas […]

Thank you for playing Santa!

Thank you to everyone who continues to play Santa to our animals sending them treats and enrichment from our Amazon wish list, not just at Christmas, but also throughout the year. We’ve recently received lots of parcels for distribution across the site, including tasty lickits for our tapirs and giraffes, feeder balls for our sloth […]