Author: Simone Brookes

An interview with … Michaela Strachan

BAFTA award-winning Michaela Strachan has been a regular on our TV screens for many years presenting popular wildlife programmes including The Really Wild Show, Countryfile, Orangutan Diaries and, most recently, Springwatch. In an exclusive interview for Discover Animals, Michaela talks to Abbe & Simone about some memorable wildlife encounters, living in South Africa, conservation projects […]

Free Birdsong Radio app launched by RSPB

To celebrate our glorious UK birdlife – and to highlight the devastating loss of over 40 million birds from the UK in 50 years – the RSPB has launched a free birdsong radio app. Broadcasting a soothing soundscape featuring species in serious decline, such as the turtle dove, nightingale, snipe, greenfinch and curlew, Birdsong Radio […]

Thermal images reveal animal behaviour at night

ZSL London Zoo has released a series of fascinating thermal images showing the nocturnal goings-on of some of its animal inhabitants after dark. Using a specialist FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) camera, ZSL’s photographer was able to reveal the unique heat radiation patterns of the animals during the ‘ZSL London Zoo Lodges’ overnight experience. Famous for their […]

Sea sparkle and where to see it

Sea sparkle – or bioluminescent plankton – is a magical blue light, made famous in Leonardo DiCaprio’s film The Beach, and whilst it usually occurs in tropical waters such as those around the Maldives islands, it made headlines recently on BBC Earth when a display was captured off the shore of North Wales. How to find […]

Love Your Zoo this week in Belfast

Love Your Zoo week is an annual event run by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) to help raise awareness for the important work zoos do regarding conservation, education and research. This year, Love Your Zoo week runs over the bank holiday and half-term week, offering plenty of opportunities to support your […]

First new arrivals since 2017 for Monkey Forest

Keepers at Trentham Monkey Forest had been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first baby monkeys for two years after spotting females showing signs of pregnancy recently. They were thrilled when not one but THREE new Barbary macaques were born, including two males and one female. The Barbary macaques are an endangered species with only […]

First alpaca baby for Woburn Safari Park

Keepers at Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire have announced the arrival of their first baby alpaca – also known as a ‘cria’. The new male, born to mum Lacquer in the new Alpaca Outpost enclosure, has been named Taco. The youngster is doing well and enjoying time bonding with his mother while also getting to […]

Plant for pollinators this World Bee Day

World Bee Day was introduced by the United Nations general assembly to raise public awareness about the importance of bees and is celebrated on the 20th of May every year. This World Bee Day the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) is renewing its plea that we plant something for pollinators – to make sure there is […]

Get fierce & Wear it Wild for WWF

The world’s leading conservation charity WWF is encouraging everyone to Wear it Wild on Friday 7th June and help raise vital funds to protect our planet. One in six species is at risk of extinction because of climate change. WWF believes that if we are going to tackle this crisis we need to be fiercer, braver and […]

A book of rather strange animals

Our world is inhabited by some remarkable creatures. Millions of different species populate every corner of the Earth, each having cleverly adapted to their surroundings over millennia. From the hugely popular Twitter account – @StrangeAnimals – author and bio-scientist Caleb Compton has celebrated these wonders of evolution and marvelled at their extraordinary diversity. Following on […]

Elusive bearded birds arrive in Devon

Living Coasts has welcomed some new arrivals as four bearded reedlings move from Newquay Zoo in Cornwall to the tranquil estuary habitat of its sister zoo in Devon. This small orange-brown bird with a long tail and yellowy-orange bill is found only in small pockets in the UK, mainly in the south and east. The […]