Is there any better way to slide into your 19th birthday?! Every pool cleaning day this is how Oba enters the empty moat and keepers were on hand to capture his groovy moves on camera! Keeper Josh Luxton, who also made the fishy ice cake for the birthday boy, said: “Oba is always eagerly awaiting … Continue reading Sliding into 19th birthday
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!
Keeper Josh Luxton is itching to try out new techniques with our sea lions after attending a workshop in Wales. The 24-year-old keeper has recently returned from the BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Seal and Sea Lion Workshop which took place at the end of last month at Welsh Mountain Zoo … Continue reading Studying sea lions
Male sealion Oba enjoyed some emergency rations when keepers tucked treats into old fire hose donated by West Midlands Fire Service. The 18-year-old Patagonian sealion, who weighs in at more than 37 stone, loved freeing sprats from the plaited hose feeding device, which was made by Keepers Cheyenne Darkins and Josh Luxton to make his snack … Continue reading Emergency rations
There’ll be plenty of celebrating today as one of our heaviest animals, our youngest macaque and our newest arrival all share their birthdays. Our huge male Patagonian sealion Oba turns 18, our littlest Sulawesi crested black macaque Summer is three and our most recent resident Ellie the binturong has her first birthday. DZG Keepers will … Continue reading Three reasons to be cheerful!
Love could be in the air in the sealion pool after keepers introduced Oba to our three girls! And the 16 year-old Patagonian heavyweight took an instant liking to 19 year-old Tania, who soon puckered up for a kiss! Keeper Adam Wrench, said: “We started the introduction yesterday, which went very well and today’s meeting … Continue reading Introduction goes swimmingly!