News

Hello Flo!

We’re very excited to introduce you to Flo, our female Linne’s two-toed sloth. The one-year-old has joined us from Dierenpark Amersfoort in the Netherlands to partner four-year-old Reggie, as part of a European Studbook Breeding Programme (ESB). DZC Curator Richard Brown said: “Flo’s arrival is fantastic news for the zoo. “It’s been a species we’ve Continue reading Hello Flo!

Camera trap footage has captured our Colombian black spider monkeys, Evita and Chester, settling into parenthood with their newborn daughter, Nina. At almost a fortnight old, keepers are delighted to confirm the critically endangered primate is female, with her name meaning ‘girl’ in Spanish – the country’s official language. Lower Primates Senior Keeper, Jade Reddall Continue reading Camera captures newest family

Brilliant Becky!

Congratulations to Customer Services Team Member, Becky Perry, who’s been named our latest Employee of the Month. Becky, who has worked here for the last four years, has been helping office staff over recent weekends to answer phone calls and her friendly telephone manner in answering visitor queries has impressed the zoo’s management team. Marketing Continue reading Brilliant Becky!

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