DZC’s Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, is helping us mark World Tapir Day, with some fun facts about one of our most popular animals on site!
It’s World Tapir Day and our three Brazilian tapirs have put their best foot forward to help us fundraise with their hoof prints being turned into keyrings. Throughout today we’ll be raising awareness about the threats the endangered species face in the wild as well as the vital work of conservation project Lowland Tapir Conservation … Continue reading Best hoof forward for tapirs!
Recycling certainly pays at DZG as we’ve been able to purchase tasty enrichment treats for our animals with funds raised from scrap metal. Our Brazilian tapirs, along with the Barbary Sheep, giraffes and reindeer, have been enjoying salt licks after we made £176 from scrapping metal from enclosure projects at Mason Metals in Brierley Hill. … Continue reading Recycling pays!
We’re giving January and February visitors a great reason to return – they can come back again on us! As Brazilian tapir Chico and Keeper Ellis Robinson reveal, we’ve just introduced the free return offer for another year which means any full-paying person visiting in the first two months of 2019 will receive a complimentary … Continue reading Offer returns!
As the nation prepares to party, our animals have been making sure keepers get their goods sides on New Year’s Eve celebration snaps. Brazilian tapir mum Meena and male Patagonian sealion Oba are two of the creatures who have been showing off their best angles for photos as we prepare to let in 2019. And … Continue reading Photo-ready!
It’s plain to see our mixed exhibit the South American paddock is a harmonious habitat! Our three Brazilian tapirs, capybara and Patagonian mara were caught on camera together snuggling up in the warmth of the indoor den, which made for a great picture. Keeper Cheyenne Darkins said: “It was lovely to see all three South American … Continue reading Harmonious habitat
We’ve had a very special party in our South American Paddock today – and we invited you along! It’s our little Brazilian tapir’s first birthday and we delivered a carrot-topped cake to lovely Luna, live on Facebook this morning. Here it is if you weren’t able to join us! Keeper Josh Luxton, who broadcast DZG’s … Continue reading Celebrating Luna live!
Our littlest Brazilian tapir, Luna, has almost lost all her distinctive baby spots and stripes. The eight-month old now looks a world away from those first few photographs as she scuttled around the South American paddock with mum, Meena. Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, said: “Tapirs begin to moult out their stripes and spots by the … Continue reading Luna loses spots and stripes
It’s Christmas Eve and many of our exotic species have their stockings hanging ready for tonight’s VIP visit from the man in red. Santa will be leaving his Winter Wonderland grotto in our 11th century castle this afternoon, so he has time to harness our reindeer and fill his sleigh with gifts, before setting off … Continue reading All ready for tomorrow!
Little Luna’s now five weeks-old and is growing quickly. She’s doubled in size since her birth and keepers have even spotted her first few teeth! Senior Keeper Sam Grove, said: “Baby tapirs will drink mum’s milk up until they’re approximately four months old, when they’ll start eating solids. “Luna’s feeding from Meena really well and … Continue reading Luna’s got teeth!