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Enrichment awareness

Sumatran tigers, Daseep and Joao, enjoyed some special enrichment as they helped mark International PKU Day.   PKU, or Phenylketonuria, is a rare inherited metabolic disorder where people can’t break down protein and is a condition our Senior Keeper Kirsty Thornton was diagnosed with as a baby following the routine heel-prick screening. To help mark Continue reading Enrichment awareness

A diamond celebration!

Two DZG gardeners are celebrating after clocking up 60 years’ service between them. Antony Gwilt has tended the site’s grounds for 35 years, while Paul Durber has reached his 25th continuous year of service today and both said it had “flown by”. The pair were presented with vouchers and thanked for their green-fingered efforts by Zoo Continue reading A diamond celebration!

Summer search for Santa

We’ve launched a summer search for Santa as we begin our Christmas preparations. We’re looking to recruit the star of our Winter Wonderland grotto, which attracts thousands of excited young visitors to the 11th century castle in the heart of the zoological gardens. Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, said: “We’re already half way through the year Continue reading Summer search for Santa

Exceptional event efforts!

DZG Marketing Assistant Louise Curtis has been named our latest Employee of the Month for her exceptional event efforts! Louise won special praise for her recent involvement in our open-air cinema nights and the Barnardo’s Big Toddle. Marketing Manager Andrea Hales said: “Louise is brilliant at helping co-ordinate and deliver our busy events programme throughout Continue reading Exceptional event efforts!

Critically endangered pairing

We’re really proud to be in a breeding position for the second rarest bird on the planet, following the arrival of a critically endangered female Asian songbird. The 11 month-old Bali Mynah – one of the world’s most iconic songbird species –  has relocated from Heidelberg Zoo in Germany as part of a European Endangered Continue reading Critically endangered pairing

Lending a hand

Visitors may have spotted a familiar face at DZG as we temporarily care for two Colombian Black Spider Monkeys. The pair –  former DZG resident Goochie and partner Rosie –  have relocated from Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park after we were called upon to assist following an alleged arson attack on their enclosure. Zoo Director Derek Continue reading Lending a hand

What a Dream Night!

We had a wonderful time welcoming families to DZG during our special Dream Night held especially for chronically ill and disabled youngsters. We extended a VIP invitation to local children in the care of hospices, hospitals and charities and their families and more than 350 people dodged the rain showers to join us on site for Continue reading What a Dream Night!

Wellies and waterproofs for Toddle

Hundreds of under fives donned their wellies and waterproofs as they joined Barnardo’s Big Toddle at DZG. Undeterred by the rain families splashed in puddles as they completed a short walk around the zoo site in support of disadvantaged and vulnerable children throughout the UK Marketing Manager Andrea Hales said: “We’ve hosted this popular event Continue reading Wellies and waterproofs for Toddle

Free entry for dads!

Dads go free to DZG this Sunday as we celebrate Father’s Day! Marketing Manager Andrea Hales, said: “We’ve got lots of fabulous dads here at the zoo, including Bornean orangutan Jorong, Frank the ring-tailed lemur, Hendrix the pygmy marmoset and Chico the Brazilian tapir, so why not treat your dad with free admission to discover Continue reading Free entry for dads!