Author: Nikki Hawes

Sing in the spring

It is International Dawn Chorus Day on 1st May where people all over the world, from the UK to the Arctic and Caribbean, rise early to take a moment to appreciate nature’s finest music – birdsong. This event is believed to have been started in the 1980s when broadcaster and environmentalist, Chris Baines invited people […]

Another World First At Sea Life Brighton

Sea Life Brighton, the world’s oldest operating aquarium, is once again pulling out all the stops with its latest attraction – the global debut of Secrets of the Reef. After 12 months of planning and four months of intensive preparation work, the breath-taking Secrets of the Reef will open to visitors on 24 March 2016, […]

NAUSICAA is celebrating its 25th anniversary

In 2016, NAUSICAA, the French National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Yes, twenty-five years of wonder and commitment… In keeping with tradition, Nausicaa will be marking this special occasion with a host of surprises and festivities. During the week of May 18th 2016, the anniversary date, a week long programme of […]

Which way up for the upside-down jellyfish

Living Coasts is moving some precious specimens – but keepers have to make sure they get the box the right way up! The cassiopea, or upside-down jellyfish, lives – as the name suggests – upside down, with its tentacles pointing upwards. Living Coasts Operations Manager Clare Rugg said: “They are found in aquariums but they […]

Polar bear breeding begins in the Highlands

The conservation charity, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), have announced that preparations have begun to allow male polar bear Arktos to meet female polar bear Victoria for the first time. This is the latest and most exciting step in our efforts to support the European breeding programme for this at risk species, which […]

Zoo work for playful primates

Play areas have to be built to last, whether they are for children – or gorillas. Paignton Zoo is improving three of its play areas for children – and at the same time, keepers have been rebuilding a climbing frame for even more demanding creatures – gorillas! The Zoo’s bachelor troop of Western lowland gorillas […]

Monkeys go bananas for Valentine’s banquet

Keepers at Longleat threw caution to the wind when they laid on a special romantic banquet treat for their troop of mischievous macaque monkeys in the run up to Valentine’s Day. The candlelit dinner included a variety of traditionally romantic dishes like melon, avocado, asparagus, strawberries and pomegranates as well as grapes and bananas. However, […]

New tiger enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) is delighted to announce the development of a brand new and improved enclosure at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo for their pair of critically endangered Sumatran tigers. “Tiger Tracks” will launch in June 2016 and will be the new home for Jambi and Baginda, the adult breeding pair that experts […]

Surprise funding for Zoo’s new red pandas

Conservation charity, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), has been awarded an additional £25,000 from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The surprise funding will support the development of an enclosure for two red pandas that are confirmed to arrive at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo later this year. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have awarded an […]

New £2m gibbon habitat is now open at Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire has officially opened one of the largest gibbon facilities in Europe in its most ambitious development to date, Gibbon Forest. Covering about 4,000 square metres (nearly an acre), Gibbon Forest is ten times larger than the primates’ previous enclosure and is specially designed to replicate the natural forest environment of gibbons as […]

Charity shop with a difference gets a makeover

It’s a charity shop, but there are no racks of old clothes and dog-eared paperbacks here. Instead there are games, collectibles, cuddly snakes – and Indonesian friendship bracelets. The Living World shop at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park has just been refreshed, refurbished and rearranged to make it more open and more child-friendly. The shop, which […]

Award-winning Monkey Forest Reopens

February marks the start of the Chinese year of the monkey and what better way to celebrate than the reopening of the award-winning Trentham Monkey Forest. The forest reopens on the 13th February with a special ‘Lovebirds’ weekend. Not only will it be your first chance to see how the babies have grown over the […]

Top 10 Dog-Friendly Inns Around The UK

For many people, a holiday isn’t a holiday without their dog. If you are looking for the perfect dog-friendly getaway with a little bit of luxury and plenty of walks nearby, then Inn Places has the perfect spots for you. Inn Places has an online collection of boutique inns located around the UK which offer […]

Charity celebrates volunteer achievements

A key local charity has been celebrating the achievements of its volunteers. The dedicated band clocked up the equivalent of 3,000 working days during 2015. The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust is the charity that runs Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Living Coasts in Torquay and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall. The charity recently took time to thank […]

Trust researcher makes rare discovery

A conservationist from a Devon charity has made a crucial discovery in the rainforests of East Africa. She has discovered a new population of a rare species of toad previously only found in a single patch of forest less than half the size of a football pitch. Elena Tonelli is a PhD student from Manchester […]