Month: January 2018

First zoo baby of 2018 for Twycross

Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire welcomed their first zoo baby of the year earlier this month  with the arrival of a Kirk’s dik-dik. A first for the zoo, the female dik-dik has been named Pogo Junior. Although still very small, weighing less than 1 kilogram at present, Junior is faring very well in her new surroundings. […]

Plans to save UK’s rarest butterfly

The National Trust is embarking on ambitious plans to develop 60 hectares of lowland heath and wood pasture in a bid to save the UK’s rarest and most endangered butterfly, The High Brown Fritillary. The last 50 years has seen a rapid decline in High Brown numbers, with changes in their natural habitat and pressures […]

Longleat in bid to save rare spider

Longleat in Wiltshire has joined an international rescue programme to try and save one of the world’s rarest spiders. The critically endangered species of wolf spider lives within a small valley on the uninhabited Desertas Grande island, part of an archipelago off the south east coast of Madeira. It is estimated that only around 4,000 […]

Penguin & marine awareness at Twycross

Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire will be celebrating Penguin Awareness Weekend (Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January) by offering discounted entry to all those dressed in black and white, just like their waddle of Humboldt penguins. The zoo will also be asking visitors to join their #TZPenguinPledge and only eat sustainable fish for one whole month, […]

Rare okapi born at London Zoo

A rare okapi has been born at ZSL London Zoo and keepers have named the new arrival Meghan, in celebration of this year’s forthcoming royal wedding. Native to the dense rainforests of the Congo in central Africa, the okapi is a relative of the giraffe, with a long prehensile tongue used to grab branches and […]

A celebration of sea stars in Brighton

Sea Life Brighton will unveil a dazzling new sea creature installation this February half term. Featuring more than 170 sensational star fish from across the world, Sea Stars is the UK’s largest celebration of one of the ocean’s most visually captivating sea creatures. Although the image of a traditional ‘star fish’ is often thought of […]

Paradise Wildlife say goodbye to Rocky

At nearly 20 years old Rocky was the oldest Amur tiger at Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire. Sadly, Rocky passed away on 11th January after being unwell for some weeks. The young Rocky arrived at Paradise when he was just a little cub, after his mother rejected him at birth weighing just 2lbs. Paradise Wildlife […]

Close encounters of the slow kind

Drusillas Park in East Sussex has introduced a brand new Close Encounter experience for 2018 with their beautiful two-toed sloths. Each 40 minute session, with one of the park’s slowest and most popular residents, takes place in the walk-through bat enclosure, where visitors get the chance to feed and come face-to-face with these strange and […]

Lambing live in the Cotswolds

Cotswold Farm Park, home to Countryfile’s Adam Henson, will open its barn doors to the public for lambing live every day from February 10th, right up until Easter. Established in 1971, Cotswold Farm Park is a centre for rare breed conservation and home to a large number of cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, horses and ponies. […]

First UK polar bear birth for 25 years

The first polar bear to be born in the UK for 25 years has been announced by The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). The birth was confirmed by staff at Highland Wildlife Park after distinct high-pitched sounds were heard coming from female polar bear Victoria’s maternity den. Polar bear cubs enter the world blind, […]