Bench remembers Paul

We’re remembering DZG gardener, Paul Oakley, with a memorial wooden bench located in the area where he used to tend. Paul, pictured right, who worked as part of our on-site gardening team – pictured above – for more than two decades, passed away last year. The 66 year-old spent 21 years helping maintain the zoo’s Continue reading Bench remembers Paul

27 year-old strimmers!

DZG’s gardeners have received two new strimmers – to replace their 27 year–old previous pair! Gardener Anthony Gwilt, said: “We’ve certainly had our money’s worth but I don’t think we would have got another 12 months out of them, but they’ve served us really well! We’ll see if the two new strimmers last as long.” Continue reading 27 year-old strimmers!

Carpets of colour

Our gardeners have had a busy few days planting the site with thousands of colourful flowers. The team have transformed the formal beds around the medieval castle, as well as the turnstile entrance, borders around the chairlift, pots outside the Queen Mary Restaurant and for the first time, the borders on top of the former Continue reading Carpets of colour

George makes the cut!

A new apprentice member of staff is making the cut as part of our gardening team. George Share, who is currently studying Horticulture through BMet, is spending three days at DZG as part of his work based programme, helping maintain our 40-acre landscaped site. The 17 year-old, who also has two days a week in Continue reading George makes the cut!

Opening waterfowl views

DZG’s gardening team have been busy opening up views to the site’s waterfowl pool. The pond, opposite the Discovery Centre, is currently home to a variety of birds, including fulvous whistling ducks, mandarin ducks, chestnut teals, ringed teals and red-crested pochards. In a bid to encourage the grass growth, which the ducks enjoy feeding on, Continue reading Opening waterfowl views

Signs of spring

We’re seeing the first signs of spring here at DZG with beautiful blooming snowdrops. Impressive carpets of the delicate white flowers are popping up across the wooded hillside and in animal enclosures around our picturesque 40-acre site. You’ll  be able to enjoy the flowers for the next few weeks if you’re planning a visit to Continue reading Signs of spring

Chimps' autumnal enrichment

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