Author: Simone Brookes

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 […]

Halloween treats at London Zoo

Residents at ZSL London Zoo have been celebrating Halloween with some fiendishly fun activities, thanks to the animal keepers getting creative at meal times. The zoo’s Sumatran tiger siblings Achilles and Karis playfully pawed at blood scented pumpkins in their Tiger Territory home while the Humboldt penguin colony delved into puzzling pumpkins on Penguin Beach […]

Deep thinkers of the oceans explained

Deep Thinkers is a beautifully illustrated and comprehensive book exploring the intelligence of whales, dolphins and porpoises. We already know that these creatures are the smartest in the sea, but how do we define intelligence in non-humans? Deep Thinkers brings together the top researches in this field to explain their findings in a book written […]

The Great British Autumn at Longleat

Visit Longleat  between Saturday 21st and Sunday 29th October and enjoy a brand new event celebrating The Great British Autumn. A host of autumnal activities will take place at the Wiltshire Estate throughout the week including flying owl shows, apple pressing, mud kitchens and pumpkin trails. Set within the stunning scenery of Longleat’s Capability Brown-landscaped parkland, […]