Month: November 2017

Cheeky new arrivals for Kirkley Hall Zoo

Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens near Newcastle in Northumberland recently welcomed a number of new arrivals to its collection. Three cheeky squirrel monkeys moved to Kirkley from Budapest Zoo and are settling in well. The brothers make a great addition to the Kirkley family and are fascinating to watch – and are  just as fascinated by you!  […]

Paignton Zoo welcome blue lizards

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in Devon has welcomed four blue tree monitor lizards to its reptile collection. One of only three zoo’s in the UK with the species, Paignton’s blue tree monitors are a first for the charity zoo. With long, slender claws, snaking tail and unnatural colouring, the blue tree monitor is as strange […]

Twycross elephants set for Blackpool move

Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire is getting ready to transfer its all-female herd of Asian elephants to Blackpool Zoo.  The move will allow the animals to breed which will help ensure the long-term survival of this endangered species. Blackpool Zoo will become the new home to Twycross elephants Minbu, Tara, Noorjahan and Esha, in spring 2018. The […]

Half price experiences at Sea Life Brighton

Sea Life Brighton, the world’s oldest operating aquarium, is offering up to 50% off its most popular experiences when purchased online between Friday 24 and Monday 27 November. Discounts during its four-day Black Friday sale will be available on VIP feeding experiences including ray, turtle and shark feeds. At half the usual price, a shark […]

Stratford welcome magnificent Mexican kingsnake

Stratford Butterfly Farm in Warwickshire has welcomed a magnificent Mexican black kingsnake to their collection. The new arrival can now be visited at the farm’s Minibeast Metropolis display. Native to Mexico and found in rocky areas with lush vegetation, the snakes are opportunist hunters, burrowing into the ground and striking out at most creatures that pass […]

Go wildlife spotting on the Thames

MBNA Thames Clippers has teamed up with ZSL (Zoological Society of London) to offer free wildlife activity packs for younger passengers. During a trip on London’s river bus service kids are encouraged to use the downloadable work sheets to learn more about wildlife living in the Thames. From charismatic marine mammals like harbour seals, grey […]

Rise in River Thames seahorse sightings

Marine biologists from conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) have reported a surge in seahorse sightings in the River Thames. In the past two months six seahorses have been spotted, compared with just one or two sightings in the previous year. The most recent sighting of a short-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus hippocampus) was recorded by […]

Go batty for bats in your back garden

The Wildlife Trusts is encouraging us to get closer to bats and understand more about these fascinating little mammals.  They suggest many ways to help them thrive, including going batty in your back garden. There are lots of little things that we can do that have a big impact on bats, from planting night-scented flowers […]