Switch Off Thursday

Turning down central heating systems is one step we’ve taken at DZG as we show our support for Switch Off Thursday.

On day four of Go Green Week, DZG is constantly looking at how it can save energy and reduce the threat of climate change to animals.

We’ve already lowered thermostats across the site by one degree, a small change which can help make a big difference.


And a digital thermometer has been installed in the giraffe house to allow Ungulates Section Leader, Jay Haywood – pictured above – and other keepers maintain an optimum temperature of 22 degrees and around 15 degrees in summer.

Senior Curator, Derek Grove, said: “Climate change is wreaking havoc for all animals across the globe in one way or another and it’s by making simple changes in our everyday lives that can help lower our carbon footprint and contribute to saving the lives of animals worldwide.

“Over the last 100 years the temperature of the globe has risen by one degree, so here at DZG we pledged to turn down some of our central heating systems, by one degree, which will not only lower our global footprint but will also save us around £6,000 in heating bills this winter.

“We couldn’t turn down all the animal heating systems, as many of our rare and endangered species have to be kept at constant temperatures, such as the giraffes and reptiles, and we use energy efficient heating and insulation in many of the dens of the others, including the great apes, tigers, tapirs, birds, wallabies, primates and meerkats to make sure they stay warm over the colder months, but we have turned down systems across the 40-acre site where we can.”

Go Green Week is a national initiative organised by student campaigning group People and Planet.

Switch off Thursday Top Tip: Turn off electrical appliances when they are not in use.

Lastly it’s Litter Free Friday tomorrow – when we can all take a leaf out of the DZG gardeners’ book!