All posts filed under: Blog

A visit to Monkey World Dorset

GTO’s Sarah Jeffery recently visited Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset. Open every day of the year except Christmas Day, the rescue centre has assisted governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild since it was set up by Jim Cronin in 1987. Monkey World was originally created to […]

Wildlife in the Cotswolds

As part of a recent holiday to the Cotswolds, Discover Animals’ Editorial Director Abbe Bates paid a visit to the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens in Burford with her family. The 160-acre site is a mix of beautiful landscaped gardens and parkland, animal enclosures, aviaries, insect and reptile houses, farmyard, and adventure playgrounds. Its beginnings […]

A visit to Chimpanzee Eden at Twycross

Val Baynton from the Discover Animals team was invited to the official launch of Chimpanzee Eden at Twycross Zoo last month, and tells us more about her visit here. The first five years of a 25-year plan, which will see £55million invested in improving the infrastructure at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire, has been completed with […]

A day out at Drusillas Park

We visited Drusillas Park in Alfriston, East Sussex on a beautiful, sunny half-term day, which made for a perfect family outing. My eight-year-old daughter had been very excited at the idea of seeing lots of animals, especially the cotton-top tamarins and their new babies, who were easy to spot clinging to their mothers’ back. A handy animal spotter […]

Up close at Longleat

Sarah Jeffery from the Discover Animals team recently spent a day exploring Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire with her daughter Caitlin. It had been a few years since the pair last visited, so they were excited to see what was new. ‘Marvellous Monsters’ is a new outdoor exhibition for 2017 and features 20 larger-than-life animatronic […]

Play and learn at Drusillas

I was able to make a return visit to Drusillas Park in Alfriston, East Sussex, recently with my family. There is so much to do there for a full day out, I am always very impressed. With my son Herbie always interested in the animals on show, we were able to use the Animal Spotter Books that can […]

Jurassic seas in Brighton

The world’s oldest operating aquarium – Sea Life Brighton – recently opened a new feature, Jurassic Seas, looking at the underwater age of the dinosaurs, and I was pleased to be invited to the press launch with my husband, Rich, and son, Herbie. The new section is part of the ongoing £10 million refurbishment project […]

Taking flight at Leeds Castle

I was lucky enough to meet Pringle the Tawny Owl from Leeds Castle’s falconry on my visit to this year’s Excursions, the annual group travel exhibition held at London’s Alexandra Palace. Found in England, Scotland and Wales, Tawny Owls are responsible for the characteristic courtship ‘twit-twooo’, which is actually a duet between male and females. […]

Have you ever heard of a ‘walker’ shark?

I visited the French National Sealife Centre, Nausicaa, in Boulogne and was introduced on a back stage tour with keeper Simon Becue to a ‘walker’ shark.  Actually called epaulette sharks, they get their nickname from the way they ‘walk’ along the sea bed by wriggling their bodies and pushing with their fins rather than swimming. The […]

Rebecca at Mount Kinabalu

Borneo adventures

On my summer holidays, I travelled to South East Asia to conquer Malaysian Borneo’s mighty Mount Kinabalu and explore the unique and beautiful wildlife of the island. After flying into the city of Kota Kinabalu, I headed to Kinabalu Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Mount Kinabalu, which at 4,095 metres is the highest […]

Got to taste some of ZSL London Zoo’s Butter Fudge recently. It’s palm oil free, which is good news as there’s been a lot of controversy recently over palm oil use. It is the most popular vegetable oil used in one in 10 supermarket products but comes from large plantations that grow in the same areas where […]