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
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
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!
Discover the weird and wonderful world of bugs at DZG this week. We’re celebrating BIAZA’s Big Bug Bonanza with a variety of creepy crawly themed activities. Go on a bug hunt around the 40-acre zoo site and learn some fun facts along the way, as well as getting close to some invertebrates during handling sessions … Continue reading Going big on bugs!
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
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
We’re having a great Love Your Zoo Week here at DZG and have already received dozens of entries for our photography competition. As part of BIAZA’s campaign to encourage people to visit their local zoo over the school holidays, we’re inviting visitors to grab their camera and snap their favourite zoo resident during the week … Continue reading Still time to snap!
We’re delighted to announce DZG has scooped three prestigious honours at the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievements in the zoological world. Our £20,000 Baboons on the Bank exhibit, which provides a natural hillside home for our breeding group of gelada baboons was awarded a Silver Award during … Continue reading Hat-trick honours!
It’s Love Your Zoo Week and we’re encouraging visitors to love DZG as much as we do! Throughout half term we’ll be running lots of love-themed activities to help spread the message about our conservation, education and research work with some of the rarest animals in the world, which we’ve proudly been carrying out for 80 … Continue reading Love DZG!
DZG highlighted the importance of natural habitats for native wildlife by growing our own mini meadow over the summer. By signing up to BIAZA’s (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Grab That Gap campaign, we transformed an empty patch of land by the peccary enclosure into a carpet of colour complete with poppies, … Continue reading A carpet of colour!