Plastic pollution is one of the major threats to the world’s ocean. Did you know that a single-use plastic water bottle takes 450 years to break down into plastic particles, which themselves pollute the ocean for hundreds of years? In the UK we get through 13 billion plastic bottles each year – over 200 per person.
This #WorldWaterDay, take the #OneLess pledge and join our fight against plastic pollution.
Critically Endangered and found nowhere else in the world, the Sumatran tiger is the rarest and smallest subspecies of tiger, with only around 300 remaining in the wild. A major threat is the loss of habitat due to the expansion of oil palm plantations, and the industry could be destroying larger areas of forest than was previously thought.
ZSL's SPOTT (Sustainable Palm Oil Transparency Toolkit) team has found that many of the world’s largest palm oil producers are publishing inconsistent figures, failing to report their total land holdings. Almost one million hectares haven’t been declared – equivalent to more than six times the size of Greater London. We’re working with companies to identify the discrepancies in their reporting and encourage a more sustainable approach to conserve the Sumatran tiger in its forest habitat. #IntlForestDay
Why are marine ecosystems so important? Find out in our brand new marine conservation course: Ocean Optimism.
We’ve developed the free online course in partnership with United for Wildlife, giving you the opportunity to learn about the value of marine species and their habitats, the impacts of human activities, and conservation approaches to tackle threats: learn.unitedforwildlife.org
Seahorses are charismatic symbols of marine habitats, but sadly face serious threats. Every year, millions of seahorses are stripped from the sea by trawlers and fishers, while their habitats are polluted and destroyed.
Project Seahorse was co-founded by ZSL in 1996 to combat these global threats, and has since worked tirelessly to conserve and achieve the sustainable use of seahorses around the globe. By working to protect seahorses and their habitats, we are also working to ensure marine ecosystems are healthy and well-managed.
And then there were two! A second scimitar-horned oryx calf has been born in the wild in Chad - a species that was classified as Extinct in the Wild 17 years ago.
ZSL is supporting a ground-breaking collaborative project, led by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, the Government of Chad and the Sahara Conservation Fund, to reintroduce the oryx to their historical range in central Chad. This new calf is a positive start to achieving the programme’s ambitious goal of building a self-sustaining population of 500 wild oryx in Chad over the next five years. #scimitarhornedoryx
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Komodo dragons are the largest living lizard, native to remote volcanic islands in Indonesia. Their diet includes carrion, deer and pigs - although they will eat almost anything - and they can use their long tongue to smell prey up to 5km away!
Perhaps their most interesting characteristic though is that adult females have the incredible ability to reproduce independently without mating with a male, a process known as parthenogenesis.
Did you know that we can bring ZSL to your classroom?
It isn't always possible for teachers to take students on school trips as much as they would like, but our Digital Outreach sessions mean that you don't have to, we can bring the Zoo to you! By using Skype, we can provide context to classroom teaching for both KS1 and KS2 with help from the species at ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. As featured in TES Resources.
On #InternationalWomensDay, we are celebrating some of the amazing women who have contributed to ZSL’s history. One such woman was Dr Joan Procter – an internationally recognised herpetologist and something of a celebrity in her time. At just 19, she presented her first scientific paper at ZSL and went on to become Curator of Reptiles at ZSL London Zoo in 1923. https://www.zsl.org/amazing-women-from-zsls-history #BeBoldForChange #IWD2017
Did you know there are only approximately 500 Asiatic lions left in the wild? They’re found in the Gir Forest of Western India in a tiny patch of forest where one disease epidemic or forest fire could wipe them out forever.
But with your support, ZSL is able to work with partners in India to safeguard Asiatic lions. We’re providing training and expertise, for example by working with the Gir’s rangers to implement a new patrol based monitoring system. This will give staff clearer and more scientific data, helping them to identify threats and monitor activity.