Sprout, our juvenile orangutan has lost her first baby tooth! Upper Primate keepers have noticed the six year-old Bornean has lost her top front right tooth and her first adult tooth is already making an appearance! Keeper Deb Pittaway, said: “Orangutans usually start losing their milk teeth around five years of age, so Sprout is … Continue reading Sprout loses first tooth!
THANK YOU to everyone who has donated sheets, towels and duvet covers for our primates – but we’ve got enough for now! We’ve been inundated with bags of linen from generous supporters since we appealed for help in providing our chimpanzees and orangutans with enrichment. Lower Primates Senior Keeper, Jodie Dryden, said: “Thank you to everyone … Continue reading Successful sheet appeal!
Birthday celebrations are continuing in the orangutan house as today it’s Jazz’s celebratory day! Our great ape matriarch turns 26 and keepers have got her a few surprise treats lined up to help her mark her day. Not only has she got some wrapped gifts to open first thing, keepers will also be whipping up … Continue reading Birthday gifts for Jazz
We’re wishing our oldest and much-loved Bornean orangutan, Benji, a very happy 40th birthday today! Keepers surprised the birthday boy with a piñata for his big day, which he discovered hanging from his outdoor climbing frame this morning, filled with tasty treats to enjoy. He’s had a busy weekend celebrating his milestone with hundreds of visitors, … Continue reading Benji’s 40!
We’re celebrating the 40th birthday of one of DZG’s most iconic animals, our Bornean orangutan, Benji and we’re throwing a big birthday bash in his honour! Join us this weekend, ahead of his birthday on Monday (Nov 6) as we hold a two-day fundraiser in aid of our £800,000 orangutan enclosure appeal. Visitors can take … Continue reading Benji’s big birthday bash!
We’re sending HUGE thanks to the fantastic employees of Dudley Building Society who have raised £286.31 towards our Orangutan Appeal. The staff members carried out their own sponsored walk around the zoo site – following the 5k Take a Walk on the Wild Side trail, as well as hosting an orange cake day in work! … Continue reading Orang appeal thanks!
Can you help us as we renew our plea for playthings for our primates? Our stocks of unwanted and clean bed linen and towels, which keepers use to provide enrichment for our Bornean orangutans and chimpanzees, are running low and we’re appealing for help from visitors to help replenish them. Assistant Curator, Jay Haywood, said: … Continue reading Primate playtime plea
Huge thanks to DZG visitors who helped us raise £503 during International Orangutan Day. Primate keepers manned an information stand, as they raised awareness about the threats facing the critically endangered Bornean orangutan. And through orang-themed raffles and sales of nectar pots in Lorikeet Lookout we were delighted to raise the funds, which we’re splitting … Continue reading Great day for apes!
We’re going ape today in aid of International Orangutan Day, as we raise funds and awareness for these magnificent primates. Listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List, orangutans in Borneo and Sumatra are facing a real possibility of extinction within the next two decades. Join us for a one-off 12pm talk at the … Continue reading Orangutan awareness
Daring DZG zoo keeper, Adam Wrench, will be taking to the skies to help us raise money for our Orangutan appeal. The 27 year-old will be jumping from a plane 15,000ft in the air on September 1 to raise money towards our £800,000 target to build a separate outdoor enclosure for our four Bornean orangutans. … Continue reading Daring dive for orangs