Tibetan red pandas, Bornean orang utans and black howler monkeys may originate from opposite corners of the world but they have one thing in common they all enjoy hot food before bedtime at DZG!
On cold evenings, keepers prepare warm vegetables and hot drinks to help their charges settle down for the night.
Over at Ungulates Section Leader, Jay Haywood, and his team make special hot cakes for red pandas Yasmin and Yang.
He said: “In chilly weather we make up warm panda cakes for them which contain crushed bamboo and crushed insects.
“It’s comforting for them to have something warm and provides a very nutritious diet.”
Tibetan red pandas Yasmin and Yang tuck into their warm winter treats.
Hot potatoes are also served up to our black howler monkeys.
Upper Primates Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “For the afternoon feeds at this time of year, we warm the potatoes which helps break down the starch and it’s for nice for them to go to bed after some hot food.
“We do the same for the orangs too. They love warm onions and potatoes and lap up all sorts of warm drinks.
“They have warm juice, warm nutritional supplement drinks and sometimes baby food which we mix with warm water.”
And our chimpanzees are partial to warm food as well. In fact, keepers in Lower Primates make up a hot winter stew for the seven girls when it’s particularly chilly.
Lower Primates Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: “The only vegetable we regularly cook, to break down the starch, is potatoes but the chimps do like other veg warmed too and we occasionally make them up a winter stew.
“They like their drinks hot too! They enjoy drinking warm water, herbal teas and hot squash.”