We’ll be spreading the love this half term, as part of our annual Love Your Zoo Week celebrations. The theme of this year’s campaign, which is organised by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), is Pride and love and throughout half term (May 28 – June 5) there’ll be love-themed activities … Continue reading Love DZC!
It’s a sign of a close bond that keepers can communicate with our chimps and understand their needs through hand signals. Keepers working with our seven female chimpanzees regularly use chimp sign language, comprising seven simple commands, which enables staff to easily perform health checks and give any necessary treatment. The Lower Primates team, made … Continue reading Communicating with chimps
Chimp lover Katie Draper made a mammoth 10,000-mile round trip from her Californian home for a dream close encounter with our chimps. Twenty-three-year-old Katie, from Los Angeles, completed the marathon journey to DZG to meet and feed our seven female chimpanzees and said it was one of the best experiences of her life. Katie, who … Continue reading Californian dream
Surplus fresh cranberries provided a winter boost for our seven chimpanzee girls. Lower Primate keepers fed the leftover festive fruit to the chimps, which they lapped up! Keeper Jade Reddall, pictured, said: “Cranberries are known as being a superfood and are packed full of several vitamins and minerals and as chimpanzees and humans share the … Continue reading Chimps’ post-festive boost
Our seven chimpanzee girls enjoyed a cooling frozen treat in the warm weather. In celebration of Fanny’s 43rd birthday yesterday, keepers filled bamboo canes with natural yoghurt, which they then popped in the freezer. Lower Primates Keeper, Jodie Dryden, said: “It was really interested to see three different reactions to the chimp-friendly ice lollies. “Some … Continue reading Cooling chimp treats
DZG’s chimpanzees enjoyed an enrichment party in celebration of Malaika’s 29th birthday! Keepers decorated their outdoor paddock with blankets, sheets and pillow cases and left a variety of treats and items for them to play with – and birthday girl, Malaika, loved every second! Senior Keeper, Stacey Ball, said: “The girls had plastic ball pit … Continue reading Malaika’s enrichment extravaganza!
It’s party time in the chimp house today as it’s Mandy’s 40th birthday! And for her big day, primate keepers surprised all seven girls to an enrichment gift inside their indoor den, bursting with delicious tastes, smells and interesting objects, that entertained the group for hours! Made out of papier mâché, cardboard boxes and plastic … Continue reading Mandy’s big 4-0!
DZG’s chimpanzees enjoyed some seasonal enrichment with autumnal fallen leaves. As staff continue the task of clearing the 40-acre site’s pathways and enclosures of leaves, keepers decided to treat our seven chimps to some fun and games. Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: “We filled a large heavy duty sack with crisp, dry leaves which I mixed … Continue reading Chimps’ autumnal enrichment
Whooooooo! We’re gearing up for Hallowe’en and all getting into the spooky spirit here at DZG – orangutans included! Our great apes are all playful primates who love making up games with whatever they can get their hands on, so we’re renewing our plea for unwanted pillow cases, duvet covers, clean sheets and towels, which can … Continue reading Spooky Sprout’s sheet shoutout!