All posts tagged: conservation

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Celebrating World Elephant Day at Twycross Zoo

World Elephant Day is an international event held on 12th August each year dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world’s elephants. It is estimated that there are less than 40,000 Asian elephants and 400,000 African elephants left in the wild.  World Elephant Day aims to raise awareness of these magnificent creatures through education and […]

Twycross snow leopard twin cubs named

Twycross Zoo in the Midlands welcomed snow leopard twins four months ago and the two female cubs made their first public appearance during July. Members of the zoo were asked to choose names for the twins which zoo keepers proposed, taking origins from the leopard’s natural home range across the vast high mountains of Central […]

World Tiger Day at Edinburgh Zoo

RZSS Edinburgh Zoo treated their tigers to spectacular globe-shaped enrichment as part of the zoo’s World Tiger Day celebrations this week. World Tiger Day is held globally on the 29th July to help highlight the plight of tigers in the wild and raises awareness of the vital conservation work being carried out to save them. […]

Visit Bristol Zoo wildlife at twilight

Bristol Zoo are offering visitors the chance to experience wildlife in the evenings on selected dates throughout the summer as they open their doors for Friday Twilights. The zoo adventure begins at 6.30pm when the last visitors of the day have all gone, continuing throughout the evening until the sun goes down and all becomes […]

Celebrating giraffes at Twycross Zoo

Today is World Giraffe Day, an initiative set up by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to highlight the plight of Africa’s gentle giants in the wild. Held on the 21st of June, the date celebrates the longest necked animals in the world on the longest day of the year. Experts estimate there are only 100,000 giraffes […]