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 animals are enjoying their own festive fun now it’s time to take down the decorations. Keepers are recycling the Christmas fir trees from Santa’s recent grotto in the 11th century Dudley Castle by adding them into the enclosures of many of the site’s animals. The trees not only provide exciting enrichment opportunities for the … Continue reading Recycling the decorations!
DZG has the most generous supporters who are always keen to help us care for some of the world’s most endangered animals – especially at Christmas time. We want to say a huge thank you to those who donate money and answer our appeals for items to help enrich the lives of the species we … Continue reading Christmas gifts
DZG animals are full of beans thanks to a leading coffee specialist donating dozens of hessian sacks for enrichment. Lincoln & York, based in North Lincolnshire, generously donated a huge box of empty coffee bean sacks to us after they were contacted by our Senior Keeper, Jodie Dryden and they’ve been put to great use with … Continue reading Full of beans!
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
Keepers have discovered our newest gelada baboon is another boy! And the youngster, who was born on October 19, to mum, Jimma and dad, Ebano, has been named ‘Gimbi’. Keeper Jade Reddall, who picked the moniker, said: “Gimbi is a town in Western Ethiopia, which is where the species are from in the wild and … Continue reading It’s a boy!