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Starlings bathing (c) Josie Latus

Drowning is the mysterious cause of death amongst groups of young common starlings according to a team of scientists led by ZSL.

Great Barrier Reef (c) WWF

Research by ZSL and WWF has revealed populations of fish critical to human food security are in potentially catastrophic decline.


A post mortem carried out by ZSL has, for the first time, identified the human sore throat pathogen in a wild hedgehog.

Hainan gibbon moving through trees. Image (c) Jessica Bryant

ZSL scientists have used 400-year old records from China to track changes in the distribution of gibbons.

Satellite view of Western Australia (c) NASA US

ZSL scientists have called for closer collaboration with space agencies to help track biodiversity across the planet.

Porpoise on beach in Wales (c) Rod Penrose CSIP-MEM

A study led by ZSL has found harbour porpoises are struggling to successfully reproduce due to chemical pollutants in European waters.

Hainan gibbon mother and infant. Image (c) Jessica Bryant

A new family group of Hainan gibbons has been discovered by a team led by ZSL, raising the known population to around 28.

Great crested newt - image by Mihai Leu

ZSL is urging amphibian owners to help stop the spread of a new species of chytrid fungus which has reached captive newts and salamanders in the...

Male Hihi bird

ZSL research has revealed the importance of single bachelor males in small, threatened populations.

Dr. Monika Bohm works in the Indicators and Assessments Unit at ZSL's Institute of Zoology.