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Blooming lovely!

It’s the first day of Spring and the gardens here at DZG are bursting into life. Our gardeners have been busy over the last few months getting the 40-acre site ready for the new season. There are already hundreds of snowdrops and colourful crocuses in flower across the wooded hillside and with the daffodils almost Continue reading Blooming lovely!

Moulting moments for reindeer

Three male reindeer in our breeding herd have given up their good looks for the next few weeks. The boys are dropping velvety antler moults before they shed their entire antlers in spring – and their headgear is looking decidedly dodgy! Assistant Curator, Richard Brown, said: “Visitors have commented on the strange looking antlers, but it’s Continue reading Moulting moments for reindeer

It's dinner day!

Yesss! It’s Monday, which means one thing – it’s dinner day!! I’m Shango, DZG’s white-throated monitor lizard and I share my Monkey Tails enclosure with a mere youngster called Monty. We eat on Mondays and Fridays, so today we are both looking forward to munching on a couple of chicks and mice apiece. However, as Continue reading It’s dinner day!

Happy Mother's Day!

Hope you’ve all remembered to get a gorgeous pressie for your mum today – it’s HER special Sunday and us kids have to be well behaved and nice all day. My mum, Jazz, has had a very busy 12 months. This time last year I wasn’t even born and she wasn’t a mummy, so she’s really looking Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day!

Penguin chicks' poolside stroll

The pitter patter of tiny penguin feet has been echoing around DZG as keepers accompany 10-week-old Humboldt chicks, Pete and Louis, on a morning poolside stroll. The youngsters’ daily waddle takes them from the bird cabin where they are being reared 250yds across the site to the pool where the zoo’s 70-strong breeding colony is Continue reading Penguin chicks’ poolside stroll

Millennium Hotels Visit

Corporate hospitality was on the agenda when Millennium Hotels Sales Managers Hui Xu (London) and Gillian Guo (Beijing) called in on DZG along with General Manager of the Copthorne Hotel in Merry Hill, Matt Ward. The trio took in a guided tour of the site, stopping off to see some of the rarest animals in Continue reading Millennium Hotels Visit

Minister adopts tiger

Minister Baroness Hanham – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) – today received an adoption package for a highly endangered Sumatran tiger when she visited DZG during a tour of Castle HiIl. During a mid-morning reception in the zoo’s new £180,000 office complex, which has been funded entirely by DZG, the minister heard about plans for Continue reading Minister adopts tiger

Sprout pout trick

Hello! Sprout here! Can you believe it’s my first birthday in just 16 days time?! I’ve had such a busy year meeting visitors and have learnt so many things, including how much I love eating bananas and grapes. But my newest trick is blowing raspberries! The keepers think I’ve learnt this from my dad, Jorong, because Continue reading Sprout pout trick

All that glisters . . .

Keeper Laura Robbins thought she’d struck gold when she found an old coin while clearing out the bush dogs’ paddock . . . Her discovery turned out to be a 1957 halfpenny that had been stuck in the ground for several decades! She said: “I came across it when we were doing some work in Continue reading All that glisters . . .

Hannah's family tradition

Trainee keeper, Hannah Follows, discovered she is continuing a family tradition when her great grandmother handed her an old photo. The black and white image reveals 93-year-old Emily Evans at the Castle Hill site on the day the zoo opened to the public in May 1937. Emily, then 18, was employed as a cook in Continue reading Hannah’s family tradition