Rats on the ropes!

Four young rats who’ve learned the ropes are now showing their skills in our Go Wild! Theatre.


Six-months-old sisters Jet, Lightning, Rebel and brother Ace have just made their first appearance in our daily show, and have proved a big hit with visitors.

The fancy rats – the most common type of pet rat – can be seen scuttling around the theatre’s rope course, above the audience, in our Discovery Centre education block and demonstrating a skill called targeting.

Presenter Pam Midwood said: “Targeting is when we teach the rats to touch the end of a chopstick with their nose in return for a reward.

“For them it is a form of mental and physical enrichment but the same technique is used in other parts of the zoo to ease veterinary care and transfer species across site.

“The rats have all taken to the spotlight very well and are really showing people how clever they are.”

Pam said Lightning was living up to her name as the fastest in the family and Jet was the most shy.

See Jet, Lightning, Rebel and Ace in action in our DZG Go Wild! video below and find out how rats used their rope climbing skills to explore the world!

Visit the Go Wild! shows in the Discovery Centre weekdays at 11.30am and weekends and holidays at 11.30am and 2.15pm.