All posts tagged: london zoo

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 […]

Zoos get ready to welcome back visitors

Following the government’s announcement that zoos can reopen to visitors from Monday 15th June, staff at ZSL’s London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo have been busy preparing to welcome guests back through their gates. After three months of closure and lost revenue, numerous measures are now in place to ensure that the Zoos are safe, inspiring […]

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 […]

ZSL gets ready for its annual big count

ZSL London Zoo cares for more than 700 different species of mammal, bird, reptile, fish and invertebrate, while sister site ZSL Whipsnade is home to over 3,500 animals and is the UK’s biggest zoo. At the start of every year, ZSL zookeepers take on the mammoth task of recording every animal for its annual stocktake, counting everything […]

Adorable baby sloth born at ZSL London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo has welcomed an adorable new arrival – a baby two-toed sloth. Born mid February, after almost a year-long pregnancy, keepers finally spotted the newborn being cradled by mum Marilyn while on their morning rounds. ZSL sloth keeper Steve Goodwin said: “We saw two big brown eyes peering out through mum’s fur and […]

Rare okapi born at London Zoo

A rare okapi has been born at ZSL London Zoo and keepers have named the new arrival Meghan, in celebration of this year’s forthcoming royal wedding. Native to the dense rainforests of the Congo in central Africa, the okapi is a relative of the giraffe, with a long prehensile tongue used to grab branches and […]

Rise in River Thames seahorse sightings

Marine biologists from conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) have reported a surge in seahorse sightings in the River Thames. In the past two months six seahorses have been spotted, compared with just one or two sightings in the previous year. The most recent sighting of a short-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus hippocampus) was recorded by […]

Halloween treats at London Zoo

Residents at ZSL London Zoo have been celebrating Halloween with some fiendishly fun activities, thanks to the animal keepers getting creative at meal times. The zoo’s Sumatran tiger siblings Achilles and Karis playfully pawed at blood scented pumpkins in their Tiger Territory home while the Humboldt penguin colony delved into puzzling pumpkins on Penguin Beach […]