Dartmoor Zoo in the news 

Hats off! Plymouth Wear A Hat Day will raise money for Brain Tumour Research - 24th March 2015

27th March is Wear A Hat Day to raise awareness for Brain Tumour Research. Dartmoor Zoo Director is an Ambassador for the charity and the zoo has close links with Plymouth University who have recently established a Centre of Excellence for research. Members of staff joined in by having their photo taken wearing hats! And Benjamin had a close encounter with a beautiful bird of prey. You can read more about it in The Herald.


Baby meerkats born near Plymouth in time for Mothers Day - 13th March 2015

We are very proud to announce that Xena, our meerkat mum in residence has given birth to 4 babies (called kits). They are now 3 weeks old and super cute!

Read the article in The Herald here.

Head Keeper Mike Downman said: 'Mum Xena is a very experienced mother, and on a weekend when we're all celebrating great mums it's good to give her a bit of recognition."

It was lovely to celebrate over the Mother's Day weekend, and of course they are still here, getting more and more adventurous every day!

You can get involved naming these gorgeous kits by putting suggestions on Facebook or Twitter.


Curator Colin Northcott and Zazu the Rhea appear in 'The Daily Mail' - 2nd March 2015

Curator Colin Northcott and Rhea Zazu have an extraordinary relationship that is captured in the Daily Mail

Check out their wonderful story by reading the article: Bringing up the Rhea: Meet the gangly bird that thinks the Zoo-Keeper is its father


Dartmoor Zoo features in 'The Independent' - 8th February 2015

On 8th February Dartmoor Zoo featured in an article in The Independent.

An adventurous journalist, Simon Usborne, decided to take part in the Keeper for A Day experience with his girlfriend Jess...

Picture by Harry Borden.


Dartmoor Zoo overwhelmed with Christmas Tree donations - 7th January 2015

After The Herald asked for Christmas trees and unwanted perfumes, we had a fantastic response and received a large amount of donations that helped us with our enrichment of the animals! Thanks to everyone who donated to us! 



'We Bought A Zoo' fan pops the question at Dartmoor Zoo - 2nd January 2015

'We Bought A Zoo' fan Jonathan worked with staff at Dartmoor Zoo to craft the perfect way to pop the question to childhood sweetheart Tamara. And of course, she said 'yes'! Congratulations!



Dartmoor Zoo becomes a charity after a crowd-funding campaign - 23rd December 2014

Dartmoor Zoo's crowdfund to help secure the future of the zoo closed after raising nearly £340,000 on 22nd December 2014. The enormous generosity of the donors helped the conversion to a charity to take place and secure the future of the zoo. 



Meet Plymouth's newest resident - a 22 kilo African Lion - 20th December 2014

Dartmoor Zoo is thrilled to welcome Jasiri into our family. He has come to us from Newquay Zoo and his name means 'bold and courageous' in Swahili, something we feel is very apt for our continuing story.


Morgan Sindall raise £1500 for Dartmoor Zoo - 12th May 2014

Construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall held a fundraising night at Dartmoor Zoo to help raise money to complete some refurbishment work. The company are great supporters of the Zoo and have provided invaluable assistance on many an occasion. Thank you to all the team!



'We Bought A Zoo: The true story behind the film - 3rd March 2012

Jessica Salter writing for The Telegraph interviews Zoo Director Benjamin Mee about the true story behind the film, 'We Bought A Zoo'.

Read all about the history of Dartmoor Zoo here.