Author: Simone Brookes

Walk for wildlife this autumn!

If you would like to do something positive for nature and pledge your support for wildlife this autumn, why not sign up for the Big Wild Walk fundraiser which takes place from 26th October to 1st November. The challenge forms part of The Wildlife Trusts’ 30 by 30 appeal, which aims to raise £30m to restore 30% of land and […]

Marking three decades of dormouse conservation

UK conservation charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species marks the 30th anniversary of its National Dormouse Monitoring Programme (NDMP) this year – the longest-running small land mammal survey in the world. Established in 1990 to monitor how the UK’s hazel dormouse populations are faring, results for the 2019 report revealed that, although some populations are thriving, […]

Okapi baby born at ZSL London Zoo

Oni the okapi, who featured in last week’s ITV documentary, London Zoo: An Extraordinary Year,  has delighted zookeepers by giving birth to a healthy baby girl. The second-time mum went into labour late on Sunday 20th September before giving birth to the adorable calf – given the name ‘Ede’ by zookeepers – the following morning. Dedicated keepers kept a watchful eye overnight on CCTV as Oni went into labour, before tiny hooves and stripy legs began to emerge 12 hours later. The wide-eyed calf took its first wobbly steps within minutes and […]

Where to see red squirrels in England

Red Squirrel Awareness Week (21st to 27th September 2020) is held every year to highlight the plight of one of our most iconic British mammals. Once a common sight throughout the UK, the red squirrel population has rapidly declined since the 1950s, with the loss of woodland habitat a contributing factor. With fewer than 40,000 remaining […]

Boost for UK’s rarest lizard

The UK’s rarest lizard population has been given a helping hand after a huge forest fire in Dorset this summer devastated one of the country’s remaining habitats. Conservation charity Marwell Wildlife teamed up with Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) and Forestry England to release over 200 young sand lizards back into the wild at Puddletown Forest […]

Early arrival for sloth baby at ZSL London Zoo

A two-toed baby sloth named Truffle is the newest arrival at ZSL London Zoo. Native to the rainforests of South America, sloths are famous for being slow-moving. However,  eager to make an appearance, Truffle surprised keepers by arriving a few weeks earlier than expected. Born to parents Marilyn and Leander on Thursday 13th August, the […]

Polar bear Hamish heads south

Hamish the polar bear arrived at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park in 2018 where he was celebrated as the first cub to be born in the UK for 25 years. A huge hit with visitors, two and a half-year-old Hamish is now ready to leave mum Victoria for a new life at Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s Project […]

Enter your cat videos for the chance to WIN

To celebrate our feline friends UK charity Cats Protection has launched The Alternative Cat Awards 2020 and would love your moggy videos as entries. If your cat has made an outstanding contribution to your life this year – especially during lockdown – upload your video to Instagram or Twitter using #AlternativeCatAwards for your chance to […]

New Wallaby Walkthrough for Marwell Zoo

The Wallaby Walkthrough at Marwell Zoo has been transformed following a £30,000 makeover – much to the delight of the resident red-necked wallabies. The new and improved habitat – twice the size of the original – features a small creek, pool, stream, and pond, plus a natural seating area for guests to relax surrounded by […]

Red List for British mammals most at risk

Red Squirrel by Austin Thomas The first official Red List for British Mammals has been created highlighting the national species at risk of extinction if urgent action is not taken. Produced by the Mammal Society for Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and Scottish Natural Heritage, the Red List shows that of the 47 mammals native […]

New reserves for Yorkshire Wildlife Park

BBC Countryfile presenter Helen Skelton visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park this week to open two new animal reserves. The development completes summer expansion plans at the Park, where Channel 5’s Big Week at the Zoo is filmed, which Helen also presents. A new Himalayan Pass reserve is now home to Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s newest arrivals – red panda sisters Alice, […]

New otters make perfect pair at Whipsnade

A pair of Asian short-clawed otters have been ‘otterly inseparable’ since being introduced to each other by keepers at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo two weeks ago. Six-year-old Ernie and two-year-old Carol arrived from separate UK collections as part of a breeding programme for the vulnerable species, with keepers hopeful they will produce young soon. Since arriving, two […]

Calling all young photographers!

If you are a budding young photographer and would love the chance to win some amazing prizes in return for your animal snaps why not enter the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards. Open to anyone aged 18 and under, the competition – now in its 30th year – offers a great chance to showcase your talent […]

BIAZA photo competition winners announced

‘Hold Your Gaze’ Donovan Lewis, Blue Planet Aquarium – Winner ‘Work behind the scenes’ Pensive monkeys, endangered frogs, and a close encounter with a shark are among the winning images selected by judges for this year’s  British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) photography competition.  Open to zoo or aquarium staff and volunteers only, the winning […]

Gift ideas inspired by the natural world

Indulge in a spot of retail therapy this summer with a visit to the Natural History Museum online shop where you’ll find lots of great gift ideas for nature-lovers of all ages. From beautiful accessories and brilliant kids’ toys to stunning wall prints and fabulous t-shirts and bags, choose your favourite museum pieces from a […]

Support WWF this World Tiger Day

International Tiger Day is held every year on the 29th of July to raise awareness for one of our most iconic yet critically endangered animals. Wild tiger populations have fallen by around 95% since the beginning of the 20th century with only an estimated 3,900 tigers remaining.  World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF)  is determined […]