Easter arrivals

There was a special Easter Day surprise down on the farm with the birth of four guinea pigs! The brown, black and white pups were born to mum, Ursula and dad, Stitch, around mid morning on Sunday and they’re delighting visitors with their tiny squeals! Senior Keeper Kirsty Thornton “We were thrilled to discover the babies […]

Rare baby makes appearance

DZG is delighted to announce we’ve had our first black and white ruffed lemur birth in 21 years. The gorgeous baby lemur was born a couple of weeks ago but has only just popped out of its nesting box. The young black and white ruffed lemur – which are classed as critically endangered in the […]

Welcome Windsor!

An egg-ceedingly Happy Easter to all our visitors and amazing animals – especially our latest addition, Windsor the Barbary lamb. The baby Barbary sheep – our first of the year – was born exactly a week ago as Senior Keeper Laura Robbins was cleaning out the paddock. Windsor was named by keepers earlier this week […]

An extra head to count…

Keepers have an extra head to count in this year’s census following the birth of a gelada baboon. The baby was born on December 21 and is the second baby for 11 year-old Addis, who is also mum to three year-old Billie. Visitors can already spot the youngster closely tucked up to mum in their […]

Jamaican boa births

We’ve had a fang-tastic start to our Freak Week, plus another first in our 80th anniversary year following the birth of five Jamaican boas. The babies were born to parents Bob and Marley in the Reptile House. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “In the wild the parents don’t live with the babies and would leave […]

Another baby capuchin!

We’ve had another yellow-breasted capuchin birth less than five months after his half-brother, Archie arrived. Our seventh baby was born on August 22 to ten year-old parents Holly and Willow. Upper Primates Keeper, Sian-Leigh Simner, said: “This is Holly’s third baby and it’s the smallest one we’ve ever had. But it’s feeding well and is getting […]

First Violet Turaco

We’ve had the first Violet Turaco to hatch at DZG in our 80 year history! The chick hatched on July 1 and can be spotted eagerly clambering around the branches in one of the triple aviaries. Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: “We’re really excited about the latest arrival, which is doing really well. “It’s […]

A very special baby!

We’ve got exciting news as we’ve had the first rare black lemur birth at DZG in over a decade. And it’s extra special as we play a key role in the conservation battle of the vulnerable species, as we’re the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) studbook holder for the entire European captive population. The newborn […]

More marmoset success

Our breeding success with pygmy marmosets is continuing after we welcomed two more babies! We’ve now got 11 of the world’s smallest monkey species in the Small Primate House following the birth of twins on October 27. The pair, who have been called Pumpkin and Spice, are the third litter in less than a year […]