meerkats

Feast of football!

DZG’s Russian-named meerkats Oleg, Sergei, Mikhail and Aleksandr are all set for kick off later after their own World Cup warm-up. Keeper Josh Luxton popped a papier mâché ball, bearing the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 logo, into the meerkat enclosure so the mischievous mammals could have a kick about ahead of the first whistle. Josh Continue reading Feast of football!

Happy Earth Day!

It’s Earth Day and here at DZG we’re always looking at ways of doing things that don’t cost the earth! As the international awareness day celebrates the planet and focuses on the environmental issues it faces, our animals got to grips with paper planets of their own. Senior Keeper Stacey Evans and her daughter Lilly Continue reading Happy Earth Day!

DZG achieves VAQAS award

We’re celebrating after achieving our 16th consecutive VisitEngland Accreditation Certificate. The VAQAS – Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme – award is issued annually, alongside an accompanying report, following a secret visit by the tourism industry regulatory body last year. Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “The report provides an unbiased viewpoint of the visitor experience we provide Continue reading DZG achieves VAQAS award

Bucket loads of fun!

It’s the summer holidays and our meerkats are already having bucket loads of fun following a delivery of new sand for their enclosure. Instead of simply tipping the sand straight in, keepers mixed in mealworms and filled buckets to make sandcastles around the enclosure. Assistant Curator, Jay Haywood, said: “The meerkats immediately dived into the Continue reading Bucket loads of fun!