Construction work has begun on new homes for DZG’s macaques, geladas and flamingos as part of our exciting £200,000 revamp project.
External local contractors have started transforming the former temporary shop area into internal dens for our primates, which will also include a walk-in viewing area allowing visitors to see the two groups at close range.
As part of the plans, it is hoped the Sulawesi crested macaques would relocate from the top of the zoo site and into the new home first and swap with the breeding group of gelada baboons in the neighbouring hillside enclosure every few months, allowing them both a bigger area to explore.
Meanwhile DZG’s team of gardeners have been busy clearing the adjacent ground of conifers and laurel trees to make way for the extended flamingo pool and living quarters, which will also include viewing zones for visitors.
Zoo Manager, Matt Lewis, said: “The work is progressing well in the few weeks the contractors have been on site and we’re really pleased with how it’s looking so far.”
The work is expected to complete on the £40,000 primate enclosure, which will also include an extended outdoor grazing paddock, by the end of February, while the £120,000 flamingo project will be open in time for Easter.
And focus will soon turn to the £40,000 plans for Monkey Tails, which we’re revamping into an interactive walkthrough exhibit, where visitors will be able to feed dozens of rainbow lorikeets with pots of nectar.
Keep checking back for updates as the work continues!