Author: Simone Brookes

London’s hedgehog hotspots revealed

A recent survey conducted by scientists from ZSL (Zoological Society of London)’s London HogWatch programme and People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) has revealed a mixed picture for native hedgehogs across the capital. The research, carried out over a two-week period in 2019, involved placing hundreds of cameras in several green spaces across London, from […]

Safari short breaks in the heart of England

West Midland Safari Park has started work on the first phase of a brand-new development,  due to open this summer, offering guests the opportunity to stay overnight within its cheetah and African elephant reserves.  A first for the UK, eight luxury ‘Safari Lodges’ will be integrated into newly-updated animal habitats, designed to give guests an […]

Get growing to help our butterflies and moths

The Wildlife Trusts and Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) launch their annual Wild About Gardens campaign this month. Inspired by a new film adaptation of the Frances Hodgson Burnett classic, The Secret Garden – in cinemas from 10th April – gardeners are urged to get growing to help save our butterflies and moths. Gardens provide a vital refuge […]

Snow fun for Hamish in the Highlands ❄️

Hamish the polar bear enjoyed the recent snowfall at his Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) Highland Wildlife Park home this week.  The wildlife conservation charity looks after a number of cold-weather adapted and native animals within 105 hectares at the Cairngorms National Park, including snow leopard, Amur tiger, Japanese macaque, European bison, and Scottish […]

Rare chimpanzee born at Edinburgh Zoo

A critically endangered Western chimpanzee has been born at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo. The yet to be named female is only the second chimpanzee to be born in Scotland for over 20 years. Mum Heleen was rescued from a research laboratory in the Netherlands before being brought to the zoo in 2010. This is the second birth for […]

Handy app offers top tips for helping hedgehogs

To coincide with National Hedgehog Day this Sunday 2nd February ‘Hedgehog Street’ has launched a new app offering monthly advice on how to help Britain’s favourite mammal. The new ‘Hedgehog Street’ app sends its users interactive top tips every month, showing how to help wild, native hedgehogs, together with all sorts of other helpful hedgehog […]

Top tips for wildlife photography using your smartphone

The RSPCA’s Big Garden Bird Watch takes place this weekend 25th to 27th January 2020 with thousands expected to be out in force for the world’s largest wildlife survey. If you’re looking to record sightings using your smartphone, it’s now possible to capture excellent wildlife photography with just your handset. Modern smartphone cameras are regularly packed with […]

Baby bongo born at Belfast Zoo

Keepers at Belfast Zoo are celebrating the birth of a critically endangered eastern bongo calf. With less than 80 eastern bongos left in the wild, successful breeding is crucial to the survival of this species of African antelope, so the latest arrival has been greeted with much excitement. The baby bongo – a girl named […]