Camera trap footage has captured our Colombian black spider monkeys, Evita and Chester, settling into parenthood with their newborn daughter, Nina. At almost a fortnight old, keepers are delighted to confirm the critically endangered primate is female, with her name meaning ‘girl’ in Spanish – the country’s official language. Lower Primates Senior Keeper, Jade Reddall … Continue reading Camera captures newest family
We’re thrilled to announce the birth of a critically endangered Colombian black spider monkey – our first in four decades. Evita, 16, gave birth in the outside paddock in front of stunned onlookers on Friday – one of the hottest and busiest days on site! DZC Curator Richard Brown, said: “This is incredibly exciting news … Continue reading Rare monkey arrival
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!
Our animals appreciated the clocks going back this morning as they enjoyed an extra hour to snooze in their dens. With the clocks falling back 60 minutes at 2am to signal the end of British Summer Time, our 1,500 strong exotic animal collection were able to snuggle down for longer as they waited for keepers … Continue reading Extra snoozing time
DZG animals are tucking into a few eggs-tra treats during British Egg Week! The week-long event, which runs from October 9 – 15 and incorporates today’s World Egg Day celebrations, promotes the vast benefits of eggs, which are loved not just by humans, but animals too – including our critically endangered Colombian black spider monkeys. … Continue reading An eggcellent day!
Training is on target for Chester, our Colombian Black Spider Monkey, thanks to the efforts of Keeper Jade Reddall. The Lower Primates section keeper has been busy station training Chester, the group’s nine-year-old dominant male. Jade said: “Whenever we have to try and give medication or do something to any of the other three monkeys … Continue reading Training on target