Month: July 2018

New Yorkshire home for Japanese brown bears

Yorkshire Wildlife Park will soon welcome four mature brown bears from Japan as part of an international rehoming project. The bears are currently being kept at the Ainu Culture Museum on Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s islands. However, concerns were raised about the conditions the bears were living in at the museum so a decision […]

Twins offer hope for rarest ape in the world

Last year a species of orangutan was discovered in Indonesia and immediately classified as the rarest ape in the world.  In May this year, researchers made a significant find when they documented the first-ever sighting of twin baby Tapanuli orangutans. However, the Batang Toru forest where the Tapanuli orangutans live is under immediate threat from a Chinese-funded […]

Summer events to raise awareness at West Midland

West Midland Safari Park is looking forward to launching its annual Summer Nights event at the end of July.  This year the focus will be on fundraising for some of the world’s most vulnerable and endangered species. For five weeks, the park will be raising awareness for different animals, including bumblebees, Sumatran tigers, penguins, Grévy’s zebras […]

Discover a world of birds through sound

Take your child on a journey of discovery with this wonderful hardback book offering little readers an introduction to the world of birds through sound. A beautifully embossed cover features colourful birds from around the world, opening to show large double spread pages that perfectly set each scene. Visit ten different habitats with the turn […]

Belfast penguin colony welcomes nine chicks

Visitors to the penguin enclose at Belfast Zoo this week can expect to find nine recently hatched penguin chicks. The Zoo has been actively involved in a breeding programme for the species since 1984, with the new arrivals joining a collection of 37 gentoo and two rockhopper penguins. Zoo manager, Alyn Cairns, said “The penguin […]

A visit to Chimpanzee Eden at Twycross

Val Baynton from the Discover Animals team was invited to the official launch of Chimpanzee Eden at Twycross Zoo last month, and tells us more about her visit here. The first five years of a 25-year plan, which will see £55million invested in improving the infrastructure at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire, has been completed with […]

National Trust buy meadows in bid to save wildlife

Saturday 7 July is National Meadows Day and to mark the occasion The National Trust has announced the purchase of wildflower-rich farmland in the Peak District The hay meadows and wildlife-rich grasslands cover 460 acres (equivalent to 260 football pitches) and are vital habitats for birds, butterflies and bees.  The intensification of farming since the […]

First Thames seal pup survey conducted

The first ever survey of seal pups in the Thames Estuary has been carried out by marine biologists. Positive findings will now be used to provide evidence of the estuary’s ecological importance. The inaugural harbour seal breeding survey was conducted via sea, land and air over a four day period (1-4 July), led by international conservation […]

Spot marine wildlife on a Channel ferry crossing

Nature loving passengers travelling between Newhaven and Dieppe this summer will now have the chance to watch wildlife and listen to interactive conservation talks, thanks to DFDS partnership with ORCA. The Channel crossing experience is new for the European ferry operator and marine wildlife charity, who have worked together for over a decade providing similar […]

Rare deer fawn born at Edinburgh Zoo

Keepers at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo have been celebrating the arrival of one of the rarest mammals in the world – a Visayan spotted deer. Born last month, the little male fawn will join the conservation breeding programme set up to help safeguard this endangered species. Sadly, the Visayan spotted deer is now thought to be […]