All posts tagged: ZSL

Tails from the Zoo – extra dates added!

ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos have extended their popular virtual story events until the end of March, offering families a unique opportunity to hear much-loved animal tales at bedtime. Giving the country’s home-schooling heroes a night off, zookeepers will read a series of six well-loved and new titles by Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, kicking […]

Giraffe calf born at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo welcomed a six-foot-tall giraffe calf to the world last week on what staff are calling a ‘day of hope’. The female calf, born to mum Luna following a 15-month gestation period, arrived during the early hours of Tuesday 8th December – the same day the first COVID-19 vaccine was given to 90-year-old Margaret Keenan. In recognition of the […]

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 […]