DZG’s colourful collection of lories and lorikeets have been filmed enjoying a delicious Boxing Day fruity feast. Head of Birds Nicola Wright said: “Because the zoo is generally quieter over the winter period, there are fewer visitors feeding nectar to the birds so we put out extra fruit for them to enjoy. “It’s wonderful to … Continue reading Boxing Day fruit feast
Lorikeet Lookout offers visitors the chance to get even closer to our animals – and as Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright has discovered some get a bit too close for comfort! Nicola handreared rainbow lorikeets Bonnie and Clyde as chicks when they first arrived at DZG in 2016 and they love it when she’s on … Continue reading Getting to grips!
Visitors have helped us raise more than £1,500 for in-situ conservation projects throughout the year by purchasing pots of nectar to feed our rainbow lorikeets. Here at DZG we’re proud to lend our support to important animal campaigns and raise funds for vital awareness projects, including events such as World Camel Day, World Lion Day, … Continue reading Feed raises funds
Dudley the zoo elf discovered an early Christmas present for our bird keepers –it’s our newest DZG arrival – a female Victoria crowned pigeon. The impressive blue-grey coloured bird, is the largest pigeon species in the world and is distinguished by the spectacular fanned crest of white-tipped feathers on its head and its striking red … Continue reading Elf discovers a new arrival!
Our Azara’s agouti are enjoying a new shelter in their Lorikeet Lookout enclosure. Keeper Kriss Pearson made the den from logs and plants, giving the five male agoutis another place to explore. However, one adventurous agouti got more than he bargained for, as he tried to climb one of the exhibit’s tall yucca plants and … Continue reading An adventurous agouti!
We’re all for recycling and reusing here at DZG as empty cardboard boxes and tubes provided fun enrichment for our rainbow lorikeets and roul roul partridges. Senior Keeper Rachel Marsden filled the boxes with mealworms and seeds, before leaving them to be discovered around the floor of our walkthrough Lorikeet Lookout exhibit Rachel said: “The … Continue reading Effective enrichment
We’ve welcomed a new species to DZG as five Azara’s agoutis settle into their new home. The all-male rodent group can be found in Lorikeet Lookout, after relocating from Edinburgh Zoo. Curator Richard Brown, said: “This is the first time we’ve held the Azara’s species and we’re really pleased with how they’ve settled in. “They’re … Continue reading Agoutis arrive!
Our rainbow lorikeets are polite birds and formed an orderly queue for bath time! Section Leader Nicola Wright, managed to grab her camera and record the colourful lorikeets splashing about in their water tray in the walkthrough exhibit, but then got a soaking herself for standing too close! Nicola said: “Lorikeets love water and love … Continue reading Orderly queue for bath time!
We’re getting set to reopen Lorikeet Lookout tomorrow, allowing visitors to feed our colourful birds. The walkthrough exhibit has been temporarily closed since December due to vital precautions to protect our birds from the recent outbreak of avian flu in Europe. Zoo Manager Matt Lewis said: “After careful consideration and monitoring of the current situation … Continue reading Lorikeet Lookout reopens
Our rainbow lorikeets and roul roul partridges are enjoying some healthy fruit kebabs this New Year. Trainee Keeper Dannielle Partridge made some tasty banana, apple and pear chunks skewered on sticks, which she hung in the walkthrough exhibit for the 25 lorikeets to discover – and when they did, they couldn’t eat them quick enough! Dannielle … Continue reading Fruity treats