Happy Birthday to our handsome Bornean orangutan, Jorong, who turns 24 today! And keepers were planning to include celery, the alpha male’s favourite food, on the menu as well as giving him new sheets and blankets to play with on his special day. Upper Primates Section Leader Pat Stevens said: “Jorong has been with us … Continue reading Twenty-four today!
Today’s the perfect day to come and wish our gelada alpha male Ebano happy 15th birthday – as it’s also Visit the Zoo Day! The birthday boy loves scaling the trees in the banked enclosure he and eight other members of the family group moved into last month. And he’s even been teaching youngsters Billie and … Continue reading Visit birthday boy Ebano
Today’s the day we’re wishing a very happy first birthday to our adorable young gelada, Dendi. The birthday boy, the second youngest gelada at DZG, is one of the most playful in the breeding group and enjoys nothing more than a good cartwheel down the bank of their new enclosure. And grated carrot – Dendi’s … Continue reading It’s Dendi’s day!
Dudley Zoo’s female giraffe Josie received a special birthday greeting today from a fellow 10-year-old who adopts her. Adopter Hortense from London sent a birthday card for Josie’s 10th birthday which was beautifully illustrated with a sketch of her favourite giraffe. The card wished Josie the best day ever and Hortense also sent her a Christmas … Continue reading Josie hits double digits!
We’re wishing our youngest and most playful chimp Banika many happy returns as she turned 24 today. The birthday girl enjoyed some dates and monkey nuts which were kindly donated to the all-female group by chimp lover and DZG member Wendy Gray. Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden said: “Banika is definitely our cheekiest chimp and … Continue reading Birthday girl Banika
Bornean orang Jazz had a pile of pink parcels waiting for her as she celebrated her 27th birthday today. Gorgeous Jazz soon tucked in to fruit and veg treats hidden inside the boxes and took the sheet they were laid out on to make her own birthday outfit. And her seven-year-old daughter Sprout gave her … Continue reading Birthday boxes for Jazz
Birthday boy Benji is in for a fun time after getting a new bread crate for his 41st today. The charismatic Bornean orang, who loves carrying a plastic bread tray around with him, was presented with a replacement crate as his old one was getting tatty. But the man of the moment is refusing to give … Continue reading Have a crate birthday Benji!
Kidderminster pre-school youngsters had a hand in wishing our giraffe Kubwa a happy 18th birthday today – 22 hands to be precise! Twenty two little ones from Little Acorns Pre-school in Far Forest added their handprint to a fantastic birthday card for handsome male Kubwa, who the pre-school have adopted. The children, aged two to … Continue reading Handmade card for Kubwa!
All three family members shared a celebration snack as our youngest Bactrian camel turned three today. And the youngster (pictured in the centre), who was hand fed by keepers for the first three weeks after birth, has grown up fast as she’s already taller than her mum, Jimandi. Senior Keeper Lesley Lewis, pictured feeding Fergie … Continue reading Family feast for Fergie
It was watermelons all round as our chimps celebrated Binti’s 28th birthday today. The mouth-watering fruit was donated by one of the chimps biggest fans, zoo member Wendy Gray from Coseley, who also sent in a bag of treats for the birthday girl. Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden said: “Wendy very kindly gave us a … Continue reading Binti the birthday girl!