All posts tagged: ZSL

Okapi baby born at ZSL London Zoo

Oni the okapi, who featured in last week’s ITV documentary, London Zoo: An Extraordinary Year,  has delighted zookeepers by giving birth to a healthy baby girl. The second-time mum went into labour late on Sunday 20th September before giving birth to the adorable calf – given the name ‘Ede’ by zookeepers – the following morning. Dedicated keepers kept a watchful eye overnight on CCTV as Oni went into labour, before tiny hooves and stripy legs began to emerge 12 hours later. The wide-eyed calf took its first wobbly steps within minutes and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rare wild horse born at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

The arrival of an endangered Przewalski’s wild horse foal has been greeted with much excitement by keepers at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo who shared the first images of the youngster this week. Born to mum Charlotte behind closed gates on 13th April, during the nationwide lockdown, the female foal is doing well and often seen racing around […]

London’s hedgehog hotspots revealed

A recent survey conducted by scientists from ZSL (Zoological Society of London)’s London HogWatch programme and People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) has revealed a mixed picture for native hedgehogs across the capital. The research, carried out over a two-week period in 2019, involved placing hundreds of cameras in several green spaces across London, from […]

ZSL launch underwater virtual reality experience

International conservation charity ZSL has launched a brand-new underwater virtual reality experience at London Bridge. Using a custom made viewfinder, Londoners can now dive beneath the surface of the River Thames to see sharks, seals and eels – without getting their hair wet! Developed by Somewhere Else and BYO using Timescope technology, the experience gives […]

Where to discover animals this Halloween

Witches and wizards, creatures of the night and spooky animal tales; read our pick of the best places to visit to keep your little horrors entertained this Halloween and half-term holiday … Head to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo for hairy, but not too scary, Halloween fun at Boo at the Zoo this October half-term from Saturday 19th to Thursday […]

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 […]