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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 […]

Watch Discover Animals on TV today!

The Discover Animals team will be popping up on TV today, Thursday 3rd Sept, when we take part in the upcoming Celebrate Group Travel Day, streamed live via YouTube from 2pm-7pm. You can find out more about how animal attractions have been adjusting over the past few months as well as get up to date […]

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 […]

Special new arrivals for Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo is celebrating the birth of some of the world’s most threatened species including a critically endangered black and white ruffed lemur baby and a mountain bongo calf. The Hampshire based wildlife park and conservation charity has also welcomed two blesbok calves – a first for Marwell – and a number of chicks including […]

Join the Big Butterfly Count 2020

The world’s largest butterfly survey has been launched by Chris Packham and wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation to help assess the health of our environment. The Big Butterfly Count attracted more than 113,000 people last year, and with many of us turning to nature during lockdown, 2020 is expected to be the biggest year yet. Taking […]

Natural History Museums set to reopen

The Natural History Museum in London and Hertfordshire will reopen their doors to visitors on Wednesday 5th August following almost five months of closure – the longest period since the second world war. London’s famous South Kensington building, home to one of the most important scientific collections in the world, will initially open Wednesdays to […]

Bison to restore ancient woodland in Kent

Kent Wildlife Trust and the Wildwood Trust will lead a groundbreaking conservation project to introduce bison into a British woodland over the next two years. The £1 million project, funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, will take place in Blean Wood near Canterbury with the aim of restoring the ecosystem of the area’s ancient […]

First outing for Edinburgh Zoo’s newborn

RZSS Edinburgh Zoo’s newest arrival has been spotted out and about for the first time since arriving in May. Now visitors will get the chance to meet the adorable L’Hoest’s monkey baby, born to first-time mum Sheli who is very protective of her newborn. The youngster will be named in the coming weeks, once keepers […]

SEA LIFE reopens doors with a splash

Visitors looking for aquatic escapism can head to SEA LIFE centres across England and Ireland from this weekend as doors reopen to visitors at eight locations. Teams in Birmingham, Blackpool, Brighton, Hunstanton, Manchester, Scarborough and Weymouth in England and Bray in the Republic of Ireland have been working behind the scenes to ensure a safe […]

Baby boom for Drayton Manor Park

Staffordshire’s Drayton Manor Park is celebrating the births of eight new baby animals – with all arriving just in time for the gates to reopen this weekend. A new critically endangered Spider Monkey baby – born on 22nd May – brings the total number at the park to six, with Scarlet Macaw pair Sally and […]

Butterfly Farm set to reopen with brand new display

Preparations are underway at Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm to welcome back visitors this weekend following months of closure due to the coronavirus outbreak. Teams have been working behind the scenes to ensure all the necessary social distancing measures are in place before doors reopen on Saturday 4th July. Several changes have been made to protect visitors, […]

Adorable new arrivals for Monkey Forest

Staffordshire’s Trentham Monkey Forest welcomed four very special arrivals recently, just ahead of reopening their doors to visitors today, Thursday 25th of June.  Four baby macaques – 2 girls and 2 boys – were born during lockdown while the forest was closed. Now the gates are open, lucky visitors will get the chance to see the […]