BIAZA

Otterly gorgeous!

It’s World Otter Day and when better to celebrate our otterly adorable otter family than during Love Your Zoo Week? DZG visitors can learn more about our Asiatic short-clawed otter dad Buddy, mum Keyah and their two youngsters in a special feed and talk today, the International Otter Survival Fund’s World Otter Day. The family have Continue reading Otterly gorgeous!

Love Your Zoo Week 2018

It’s Love Your Zoo Week and our animals are crazy about new heart-shaped enrichment toys which keepers made with love. Staff made the feeding devices out of old fire hose in their own time and have filled them with treats for our primates, tapirs, Farm animals, flamingos and red pandas to discover. Love Your Zoo Continue reading Love Your Zoo Week 2018

Conference brings new ideas

DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, has a host of new ideas to try out after attending the BIAZA Field Conservation Conference. Chris spent two days at Yorkshire Wildlife Park last week for the annual meeting, which this year was entitled Stepping up for Conservation! Chris said: “There were 70 delegates from 28 other BIAZA collections Continue reading Conference brings new ideas

DZG attends BIAZA meet

Two senior keepers represented DZG at the annual BIAZA Mammal Working Group Conference. Jodie Dryden and Sam Grove travelled to Yorkshire Wildlife Park for the two-day event which included presentations covering a range of mammalian topics from training and enrichment to conservation and reproduction. Jodie, who attended in her role as co-chair of the BIAZA Continue reading DZG attends BIAZA meet

Josh attends sealion meet

Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, has returned to DZG brimming with new ideas after attending a sealion training meeting. The two-day BIAZA certified course at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire covered a host of topics including the husbandry and training of aquatic mammals, enclosure design and enrichment. Josh said: “It was a really interesting course and it Continue reading Josh attends sealion meet

Active ants!

We’re concluding our creepy crawly crazy week celebrating the planet’s smallest critters as part of BIAZA’s Big Bug Bonanza. While clearing weeds from the chimpanzee paddock, Senior Keeper Jodie Dryden accidentally disturbed a colony of ants – check out this video she captured as the ants moved their eggs away. Can you see the babies inside Continue reading Active ants!

Grabbing the Gap

Have you spotted our blooming lovely wild mini-meadow? We’re taking part in BIAZA’s (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Grab That Gap campaign again this year by creating a mini-meadow for visitors and minibeasts to enjoy. Following last year’s successful growth, DZG’s Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, re-seeded the ground in front of the Continue reading Grabbing the Gap

Love Your Zoo Week 2017

We had an exciting Love Your Zoo Week as we spread the love about DZG’s animals and conservation projects. As part of BIAZA’s (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) holiday campaign we invited people to submit photographs from during their week visit to win an adoption of the pictured animal and we received Continue reading Love Your Zoo Week 2017