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Flying high!

We’re flying high after achieving the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS) award. The marque is given annually by Visit England following a secret visit by an inspector, who in a report commended the appearance of the zoo and castle grounds, the “amazing number and variety of species” and the “infectious” knowledge and passion of Continue reading Flying high!

Bye boys!

Our troop of gelada boys have left DZG for a new home in Latvia as part of an international conservation programme. The five 11 year-old bachelors, Simiya and brothers Semelo, Sanijo, Jilo and Jima were transported via road and ferry to Riga Zoo earlier this week. Curator Richard Brown said: “The EEP co-ordinator visited DZG Continue reading Bye boys!

Singing from the rooftops!

We’re singing from the rooftops in thanks to YOU for helping us achieve a silver award for contributing more than €3,000 to save Asian songbirds from extinction. For the last two years we’ve been raising funds and awareness for the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) conservation campaign ‘Silent Forest, Asian Songbird Crisis’, which Continue reading Singing from the rooftops!

Zoo keeping is a tough vocation and it takes a special kind of someone who’s willing to work tirelessly to create a better future for wildlife. Keepers have to be carers, cleaners, cooks and conservationists all rolled into one and it doesn’t involve simply cuddling animals all day long! It’s hard, physical work which is Continue reading Celebrating Zoo Keepers

Lookback with Lesley!

One of our most familiar faces is celebrating her 30th year at DZG today. She’s part and parcel of DZG life and the zoo just wouldn’t be the same without Lesley Lewis! Joining straight from school in 1989 as a trainee keeper, Lesley started working with the site’s big cats and farm animals and over Continue reading Lookback with Lesley!

A special baby...

We’re very excited to announce the birth of a female giraffe. The calf, who stands around 1.8 metres tall, was born on Sunday 22 September to 10 year-old mum, Josie and 18 year-old dad, Kubwa. DZG Assistant Curator Jay Haywood said: “Everyone at DZG is delighted with her arrival. “She’s been snuggled up to mum Continue reading A special baby…

Beautiful blooms are tasty treats

DZG’s gardeners are tending special plants which are providing tasty treats for Reggie, our Linne’s two-toed sloth. Our three-year-old sloth can’t get enough of hibiscus flowers and our Head Gardener, Carl Stevens, pictured below, has purchased a variety of the plants for the site’s greenhouses so Reggie can enjoy his fill of freshly picked beautiful Continue reading Beautiful blooms are tasty treats

Bear plans put in place

Further plans have been put in motion to bring brown bears back to DZG following a visit to a four-day international zoo event. DZG Curator Richard Brown and Birds Section Leader Nicola Wright joined more than 900 conservationists at Bioparc Valencia in Spain for the EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) Annual Conference. The Continue reading Bear plans put in place

Well done David!

Well done to our Maintenance Team Member, David Murphy, who has been named our latest employee of the month! David, who has worked at DZG for the past seven months received the title, alongside a certificate and gift vouchers, after being nominated by colleagues for his helpfulness. Finance Manager Jonathan Ashfield, said: “David is always Continue reading Well done David!

Another rare birth

We’re celebrating the birth of another critically endangered primate with the arrival of a tiny yellow-breasted capuchin. The baby was born on September 10 to 16-year-old mum, Dinya and 12-year-old dad, Willow and keepers are delighted! Upper Primates Section Leader, Pat Stevens, said: “Dinya and Willow are very experienced parents and the baby seems to Continue reading Another rare birth