Author: Abbe Bates

Up close at Longleat

Sarah Jeffery from the Discover Animals team recently spent a day exploring Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire with her daughter Caitlin. It had been a few years since the pair last visited, so they were excited to see what was new. ‘Marvellous Monsters’ is a new outdoor exhibition for 2017 and features 20 larger-than-life animatronic […]

Winter snow safari adventures with Artisan Travel

‘Safari’ is a Swahili word for ‘to travel’. And because of that etymology, the term is most closely associated with wildlife-spotting journeys in Africa. But it’s possible to head north, to the countries closest to the Arctic Circle, for a snow safari or ‘snowfari’. Explore the winter wildernesses of Scandinavia, Lapland, Iceland and Alaska by […]

Xmas giraffe explores the great outdoors

A baby giraffe, which was born over Christmas, has ventured outside for the first time at Longleat. The male Rothschild’s giraffe, who has been named Evan in honour of a long-time keeper, was delivered inside the centrally-heated giraffery at the Wiltshire safari park in December. Since then the youngster – believed to be the 122nd […]

Living Coasts seal has eye op

A seal at Living Coasts in Devon has received crucial medical treatment from South Devon veterinary experts. South American fur seal Grace was first given slow-release implants in 2011 to control her immune system, which causes problems with her eyes. These implants were replaced in September 2014 – and now she has had the procedure again. […]

Lotherton Bird Garden to be transformed

Ambitious plans to transform Lotherton Bird Garden into an exciting new wildlife attraction are set to get underway this month. The spectacular Lotherton Wildlife World will see a number of new animal additions joining the Lotherton family including tapirs, capybaras and a colony of Humboldt penguins. The impressive redevelopment of the historic attraction, which first […]

New family soars into safari park

A family of gigantic pterosaurs have soared into the grounds of West Midland Safari Park in Worcestershire and made it their new home. With a wing span averaging around 11 metres, quetzalcoatlus was the largest animal to have ever taken to the skies. It was so tall, it could have looked a giraffe in the […]

Photographer, musicians and expert support elephant charity

Photography, music and wildlife experts have joined together their talents to create a breathtaking combination of eye-catching images, evocative music and knowledgeable insight in the form of a unique book entitled Harmony for Elephants. Harmony for Elephants is a newly-released book with an accompanying album of specially written music. This music, donated to the project […]

Kent Big Weekend registration opens

Registration for Kent Big Weekend opened on 9th February, where more than 22,000 FREE pairs of tickets for a host of attractions and fun-filled activities across the county are up for grabs.  More than 100 Kent tourist attractions and related businesses will be opening their doors or offering special gifts to lucky ticket holders on 1st […]

Fundraising success for safari park

Staff at West Midland Safari Park are celebrating and feeling extremely pleased, after handing over a significant amount of cash to a number of charities they fundraised for in 2016. Over £14,000 was raised by staff and guests onsite, through competitions, donations and VIP experiences. Some funds even came from supporters online, who donated to […]

Twycross Zoo takes key steps to become one of UK’s leading visitor attractions

Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire has many reasons to celebrate the start of 2017 as the visitor attraction looks back on a successful year. The past 12 months have seen an unprecedented number of important animal births, many new developments at the 88-acre site in rural Leicestershire and numerous awards, all crowned with a record number of visitors, […]

Japanese poaching fleet caught with dead whale

After five weeks of patrolling the Southern Ocean, Sea Shepherd has located Japanese whale poachers’ factory whaling vessel, Nisshin Maru, in the Australian Whale Sanctuary with a dead minke whale on its flensing deck, the first to be documented since the International Court of Justice ruled against their whaling operations in the Antarctic in 2014. The vessel […]

Marvellous monsters at Longleat

From 31st March to 29th October 2017, Longleat will play host to a swarm of colossal bugs, which will be exhibited amongst the spectacular grounds. The iconic Wiltshire estate will feature these anatomically correct animatronic critters, allowing guests to experience their bizarre and intriguing beauty up close and personal. Amongst back garden frequenters such as bees, […]

Half term at Stratford Butterfly Farm

Stratford Butterfly Farm in Warwickshire will host a number of activities for younger visitors this half term. These will include ‘Meet the Mini-Beast’ handling sessions each day at 11:30am and 1:30pm so that children can get up close and handle insects such as a giant African millipede, African land snail and stick insects. Children of all […]

Nausicaa whale shark project a success

A year ago, NAUSICAA, the French National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer, joined forces with the MEGAPTERA Association to launch a crowdfunding project for the tagging of the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. The project was successful and one of NAUSICAA’s diver-handlers joined the MEGAPTERA teami n Djibouti just before Christmas where the tag was […]

Wellcome Collection sees in New Year with ‘Making Nature’ exhibition

The question of how humans relate to other animals has captivated philosophers, anthropologists, scientists, ethicists and artists for centuries. ‘Making Nature’ at London’s Wellcome Collection is running until 21st May and brings together over 100 objects from literature, film, taxidermy and photography to examine what we think, feel and value about other species and the […]

Annual audit for Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Persuading two black rhinos to stand still is the ultimate weigh-in challenge. But Hodari and Dayo, who tip the scales at 3,000lbs, were models of calm behaviour during the annual Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) animal audit. The playful pair, who arrived at the award-winning wildlife park this year, may weigh the same as a family estate […]