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New monkey arrivals for Twycross Zoo

If you hope to see some baby monkeys over the half term break a visit to Twycross Zoo in the Midlands would make the perfect day out. There are four new babies to visit at the zoo, including the critically endangered black-headed spider monkey, a bright orange dusky langur and a pair of the world’s […]

Gatwick goes wild this half term

A project has been set up by Gatwick Airport and the Gatwick Greenspace Partnership to highlight the wide variety of animals and plants living happily by the side of one of Europe’s busiest airfields. ‘Gatwick Goes Wild’ will see a special week long programme of events designed to bring staff, passengers and nearby residents closer […]

National zoo photo award winners announced

A national photography competition run by The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) has announced its winners for 2017 at a prestigious awards ceremony hosted by The Deep aquarium in Hull. BIAZA, a conservation, education and scientific wildlife charity representing the zoo and aquarium community in the U.K., opens the photography competition […]

Join The Great British Bee Count

TV presenters Michaela Strachan and Ellie Harrison are urging people to take part in Friends of the Earth’s Great British Bee Count, which begins this week and runs until Friday 30 June. Now in its fourth year, The Bee Count is being backed by some of the nation’s leading bee experts, who are calling on […]

Nico the gorilla gets in a flap at Longleat

A pair of Canada geese got Longleat Safari Park’s  silverback lowland gorilla in a flap when they tried to nest on his island home recently. Nico, who is around 55 years old and Europe’s oldest gorilla, clearly didn’t take kindly to the uninvited geese trying to invade his home. The amazing encounter was captured on […]

Rhino Week at West Midland Safari Park

West Midland Safari Park will be hosting a range of events during half term week to raise awareness and funds for Save the Rhino International. The park’s own Rhino Week runs from 28 May until 5 June and will promote the plight of these magnificent animals while also highlighting the work the park does to […]

Endangered Species Weekend at Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo in the Midlands will be putting its rarest animals in the spotlight from Friday as part of Endangered Species Weekend, which runs worldwide from 19-21 May. Over the course of the three days, the zoo’s Education Rangers will give a number of talks about the importance of protecting endangered species and animals under […]

Bat conservation week at West Midland

West Midland Safari Park have been busy hosting a dedicated conservation week to raise awareness and funds for bats. Protect Bats Week, in association with the Bat Conservation Trust, runs until Sunday 14th May and aims to inform guests about the amazing world of bats, and what species can be found in the U.K. A variety […]

RSPCA search for young photographer 2017

Entry to the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards 2017 is now officially open and judges are hoping this year’s categories will appeal to more entrants than ever. The new ‘mobile phone’ category will provide a fresh challenge, reflecting the important photographic role played by mobile devices in our lives today. Any mobile device can be used […]

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 […]

Long-eared owlet pair welcomed in Hampshire

The Hawk Conservancy Trust in Andover, Hampshire welcomed two new long-eared owlets last month.  The three-week old balls of fluff have already been introduced to members of the public in the attraction’s Discovery Barn, and it is hoped both birds will fly in displays in the future. The long-eared owl is native to Europe, Asia […]

Amur leopards run wild in the Highlands

RZSS Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland have recently completed construction work on a very large facility to help the rarest big cat in the world, the Amur leopard. The new enclosure, which covers a very large area of natural Highland habitat, has been created as part of a cold weather breeding programme designed especially for […]

Hedgehog Awareness Day in Stratford-upon-Avon

The team at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, are hosting a Hedgehog awareness day this Saturday 6th of May, marking the end of National Hedgehog Awareness Week. Family-friendly activities will be on offer throughout the day, including interactive talks explaining how you can help hedgehogs live happy and healthy lives in your garden. Crafty […]

Best of British seahorses at Longleat

Longleat in Wiltshire have revealed a new marine feature showcasing the two different types of seahorse found in British waters. Two colonies of spiny and short snouted seahorses were bred as part of a conservation programme in Portugal and can now be seen on display in their new home at Longleat. The spiny seahorse, which is […]

Lego safari at Marwell this summer

Marwell Zoo in Hampshire is looking forward to launching The Great Brick Safari this summer. The interactive experience will feature over 2 million LEGO bricks, with Marwell becoming the first UK zoo to host a collection of giant LEGO brick animals. Over 80 stunning sculptures, representing 25 different species, will be installed, offering an exciting […]

First golden gibbon of the year for Twycross

Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire, has welcomed the birth of a baby white-cheeked golden gibbon, the first of the year in Europe. The new arrival, who is yet to be named, is the fifth offspring to mother Kampuchea, originally from Oregon Zoo, and father Earl, who was moved to Twycross from Mulhouse Zoo in France. Northern white-cheeked gibbons are […]

Celebrating World Penguin Day

World Penguin Day is celebrated every year on 25th April and was created to promote the health and conservation of these amazing flightless birds. To celebrate we have created a round up of our favourite penguin species and where you can see them. Rockhopper penguins are one of the smallest penguins standing at just 20 […]

Loggerhead turtles join The Deep

The Deep in Hull has welcomed two loggerhead sea turtles following the closure of Aquatopia in Antwerp last month. The duo, named Sensa and Mabouche, will now make The Deep’s 2.4m litre Endless Ocean exhibit their new home. The youngest of the metre long pair, Mabouche, is believed to be between 15 and 20 years […]