Africa is perhaps the first destination one thinks of when considering where to view endangered species in the wild, whether that be on a safari drive or a jungle trek. Abbe Bates explores the opportunities. West Africa Namibia Namibia is the last place on the planet where black rhino roam freely – one of the […]
Friday 21st June is summer equinox – the longest day of the year – and also World Giraffe Day. To mark the occasion – and celebrate the longest-necked animal in the world – Yorkshire Wildlife Park is treating its lofty residents while raising awareness for giraffe numbers in the wild. The Doncaster based attraction is […]
Keepers at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo are celebrating the birth of a baby reticulated giraffe. The new arrival was born last Friday 26th April to first-time mum Luna and dad Bashu and has been named Khari, which means ‘King-like’ in Swahili. Part of the European Breeding Programme (EEP) for the Endangered species, the giraffe calf weighed […]
A hotel is due to open at Port Lympne wildlife park next year offering guests the unique chance to experience giraffes close up while staying in luxury accommodation. Set within the parks’s 600 acre site, Giraffe Manor is a grade 2 listed Wealden hall house dating back to the 16th century. Currently undergoing extensive restoration, the lodge will […]
Keepers at West Midland Safari Park are celebrating the birth of a male Rothschild’s giraffe. The new arrival was born on Wednesday 3 October to second-time mum, Arusha and will join an existing herd of six females and four males at the park, including seven-year-old dad Rufus. Standing six-foot-tall, the leggy yet to be named […]
World Giraffe Day is held on the 21st June every year and is an initiative set up by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to celebrate the longest-necked animal on the longest day of the year! To mark the occasion, Twycross Zoo is celebrating the wonderful world of giraffes with a weekend dedicated to and raise awareness […]
Love was definitely in the air at ZSL London Zoo when zookeepers treated their all-girl giraffe group to a special Valentine’s Day treat. Giraffe trio Ellish, Margaret and Mollie enjoyed a specially created and decorated heart-shaped wreath entwined with juicy flowers to mark the annual day of romance. ZSL giraffe keeper Louise Jackobson said: “Like all […]
Today is World Giraffe Day, an initiative set up by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to highlight the plight of Africa’s gentle giants in the wild. Held on the 21st of June, the date celebrates the longest necked animals in the world on the longest day of the year. Experts estimate there are only 100,000 giraffes […]
Paignton Zoo, Devon, welcomed the arrival of a new baby giraffe last week. Born on the morning of Wednesday 19th April to mother Sangha, the young female joins a herd of six other giraffes at Paignton. The zoo’s giraffe house has been closed for the last few days, to allow mother and calf to bond. […]
From the tallest to the smallest and the funniest to the most ferocious, Blackpool Zoo are giving visitors the chance to get up close and personal with its residents this Easter. You could find yourself hand feeding majestic giraffes from a specially adapted tower, flying beautiful barn owls or even meeting comical sea lions. Each unforgettable […]
A rare Rothschild’s giraffe has been born at West Midland Safari Park in Worcestershire – the third baby welcomed into the herd in just six months. The six-foot-tall baby boy is son to first time mum, five year old Arusha. He joins playmates, Embu and Emali, who were born in August and September 2016. Rothschild’s […]
The latest update of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species has revealed a devastating decline for the giraffe, driven by habitat loss, civil unrest and illegal hunting. The global giraffe population has plummeted by up to 40% over the last 30 years, and the species has moved from […]
Blackpool Zoo has welcomed more than 50 tiny faces to its line up of really wild residents so far in 2016. From critically endangered species on the brink of extinction to the just downright cute, each and every one of them has brought joy to keepers and visitors alike. The largest baby to be born […]
Set in more than 80-acres, Twycross Zoo have around 500 animals of almost 150 species to see, including many endangered animals and native species in the Zoo’s Nature Reserve. Twycross Zoo was founded in 1963 and is now renowned as a World Primate Centre and has a wide variety of monkeys and apes including the […]
The Berlin Zoological Garden is the oldest and best known zoo in Germany. Opened in 1844 it covers 34 hectares (84 acres) and is located in Berlin’s Tiergarten. With about 1,500 different species and almost 20,500 animals the zoo presents the most comprehensive collection of species in the world.
The zoo near Winchester opened in 1972, with conservation very much at its heart. It is set within the environs of Marwell Hall, which was built in the early 14th century (around 1320) by Walter Woodlock, a relative of the Bishop of Winchester and subsequently owned by the Seymour family.
A large African mammal with a very long neck and forelegs, having a coat patterned with brown patches separated by lighter lines. It is the tallest living animal.
The 70-acre Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster is the UK’s fastest growing attraction, and is constantly adding new experiences for visitors. For 2014, the first polar bear in England will arrive to live in a 10-acre reserve divided into four sections, featuring landscaped hills, valleys and a main lake with streams, pools and waterfalls.
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm near Bristol was developed in 1998 from a dairy farm by Anthony Bush, who was a tenant dairy farmer. Amongst its many animals are white rhinos, giraffe, tigers and African lions, and primates including Siamang gibbons and ring-tailed lemurs.
Knowsley Safari Park in Merseyside is situated around Knowsley Hall on the ancestral estate of the Earl of Derby. Edward Stanley, the 18th Earl opened the park to the public in 1971 and it now offers over 700 animals from peacocks to elephants and white rhino.
Cotswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire was the brainchild of John Heyworth, who in 1969, transformed the overgrown Bradwell Grove Estate into a wildlife park, which has seen over 12 million visitors since it officially opened in 1970.