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Page showing specimens sent to Cardiff Museum in 1922

This is a joint blog between us here in the ZSL Archives, and the Natural Sciences department of Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales (AC-NMW) in...

Drawing of a lesser bird of paradise
by Ann Sylph on

The lesser bird of paradise and other animals in the Reeves album of Chinese watercolours. Ann Datta our Volunteer Art Cataloguer has recently...

A volume of paintings with supports to aid photography and James's camera
by Ann Sylph on

Photographing art works in ZSL Library & Archives - this month we feature a person, James Godwin, rather than an `artefact'. Part of his role...

Partula snail at ZSL London Zoo
by Ann Sylph on

On 26 August 2018 it will be 250 years since Captain James Cook set sail in the HMS Endeavour from Plymouth. Did you know there is a direct...

Sir Stamford Raffles
by Ann Sylph on

Remembering Sir Stamford Raffles, founder and first President of ZSL.
July is the anniversary month of both the birth and death of Sir...

Illustration of an adult dragonfly in flight
by Ann Sylph on

National Insect Week is 18 to 24 June and London Rivers Week is 23 June to 1 July overlap (or form a confluence?) this year so I am taking the...

Colour illustration of a sailing paper nautilus
by Ann Sylph on

Women and the blue planet – contributions of some women to our knowledge of marine zoology. This month in the UK we are celebrating the 100th...

Line drawings of some Indian mammals presented by the Prince of Wales including elephants and tigers
by Ann Sylph on

Earlier in 2016 HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh unveil Land of the Lions at ZSL London Zoo but ZSL has other historic links with the...

The Aqua-vivaria, or fish house, circa 1875, the world's first public aquarium.
by Ann Sylph on

ZSL London Zoo’s `Fish House’ opened in May 1853, it was revolutionary for its time, the possibility of making tanks from large sheets of plate...

Colour illustration of the Llama Hut with added clocktower circa 1835 with camels, goats and a zebra
by Ann Sylph on

Celebrating 190 years of ZSL London Zoo. ZSL London Zoo `officially’ opened on 27 April 1828. View the Daily Occurrences for this day - The Duke...

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ZSL London Zoo

A blog for lovers of ZSL London Zoo, bringing you extraordinary animal facts and exclusive access to the world's oldest scientific zoo.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Do you love wildlife? Discover more about our amazing animals at the UK's biggest zoo!


We're working around the world to conserve animals and their habitats, find out more about our latest achievements.


From the field to the lab, catch up with the scientists on the cutting edge of conservation biology at ZSL’s Institute of Zoology.


A day in Discovery and Learning at ZSL is never dull! The team tell us all about the exciting sessions for school children, as well as work further afield.

Working for Wildlife

Ever wondered what a typical day as a zookeeper looks like, or what it's like to be a videographer at ZSL? Now you can find out!

Artefact of the month

Every month, one of the pieces held in ZSL’s Library and at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo will feature here as Artefact of the Month.

Wild About Magazine

Read extracts from ZSL's award winning members' magazine, Wild About.

ZSL Shop

Get updates on our latest ranges, be the first to hear about special offers, and find the perfect gift for animal lovers!

Chagos Expedition

The Chagos archipelago is a rare haven for marine biodiversity. Hear from the team about our projects to protect the environments in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT).

Nelson's Island Expedition

ZSL Institute of Zoology researchers are embarking on an exciting fieldwork expedition to Nelson’s Island in the Chagos Archipelago. Throughout the month, the team will share their research and experiences on an uninhabited tropical island!

Asia Conservation Programme

ZSL works across Asia, from the famous national parks of Nepal to marine protected areas in the Philippines. Read the latest updates on our conservation.

Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation

An Open Access journal for research at the interface of remote sensing, ecology and conservation.