Josh Luxton

Perfect panda health

When tree maintenance work required our red panda pair to leave their paddock, keepers seized the opportunity to give them the once-over. And the outcome of the chance check-ups is that our 13-year-old female Yasmin and three-year-old male Gawa are in perfect health. Assistant Curator Jay Haywood said: “For safety reasons we had to move Continue reading Perfect panda health

Evergreen enjoyment

It’s time to take down the trimmings, so our animals are helping recycle festive firs from the zoo’s Winter Wonderland Grotto. As we hit Twelfth Night, traditionally time to take down Christmas trees and decorations to avoid bad luck, dozens of firs from the 11th century castle courtyard are now being used for New Year enrichment. Continue reading Evergreen enjoyment

Photo-ready!

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!

All about anteaters!

Today is World Anteater Day and for our two, Romy and Bubbles, that means piles of fun rooting out treats from their termite mound. The giant anteater pair will spend the day exploring the artificial termite mound which keepers built to encourage them to use their 2ft-long tongues to get to the food inside. The Continue reading All about anteaters!

Pumpkin’s pamper time

Capybara Pumpkin enjoyed a spot of male grooming after taking an afternoon mud bath in our South American paddock. Keeper Josh Luxton caught the capybara on camera rolling around in the mud amongst the colourful autumn leaves. And the natural beauty treatment will leave the creature’s coat in tip top condition as in the wild Continue reading Pumpkin’s pamper time

Lovely name Lulu!

Lulu is the lovely new name for our Patagonian mara after we asked people to send in suggestions for the chance to adopt her. Dozens of people entered the e-mail competition to name the newcomer and Keeper Josh Luxton picked out the winning entry from zoo visitor Rebecca Deeley. Mum-of-three Rebecca, from Brierley Hill, said: “It’s Continue reading Lovely name Lulu!

New mara needs naming

A new female Patagonian mara has joined us at DZG – but the gorgeous girl is missing a name. So we’ve launched an e-mail competition to name her, with chance to win an adoption pack for the friendly female (pictured front) who has moved in with Barry, Martha and their twins. The adult female arrived earlier Continue reading New mara needs naming

Study time

Keepers Kriss Pearson and Josh Luxton are knuckling down to some serious study as they begin their diploma in zoo keeping. Kriss, from our birds section, and Josh who works with our ungulates and big cats, are just starting their Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) – the industry standard for Continue reading Study time