Latest Blogs from Artefact of the month

Decorative title page of the Aurelian, New ed. 1840
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To celebrate National Insect Week, we're taking a look at the natural history of English moths and butterflies

A painting of a giraffe with young and the `giraffe house cat'
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24 May is the 180th anniversary of the first giraffes to arrive at ZSL London Zoo. Throughout May there will be a special 'Giraffomania' display...

Line drawings of some Indian mammals presented by the Prince of Wales including elephants and tigers
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A short time ago 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...

Elephant from Konrad Gessner's Historiae animalium
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This March ZSL is celebrating the 500th birthday of Swiss naturalist Konrad Gessner, who's works aimed to describe all of the animals that were...

ZSL's Offices in 1910
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The Library and Offices of ZSL moved to its newly built quarters in Regent’s Park in 1910.

Detail of an illustration of a landscape with a pack of African hunting dogs watching vultures
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A large litter of African hunting dogs were recently born at ZSL London Zoo so we are celebrating with some historic prints of this species.

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

Whipsnade map 1939
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Whipsnade Zoo - some interesting questions….

Article by Paul Wilson.

  • How did Whipsnade

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Black and white historic photograph of greater one horned rhinoceros
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Greater one horned rhinoceros celebrations - featuring one of the oldest photographs in ZSL Library

Drawing of Cinereous vulture, Aegypius monachus, in Volume 1 birds p. 4 of Brian Houghton Hodgson manuscripts of Nepal and India.
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The UK-Nepal relationship is a special, unique and historic one. The end of this year and start of next is the bicentenary of the UK’s involvement...

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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.

Asia Conservation Program

Get the latest on ZSL's conservation work in Asia.

Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation

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

ZSL London Zoo

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

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Discover more about the UK's biggest zoo with our fun blog posts!

Discovery and Learning in the Field

Join the ZSL Discovery and Learning team as they venture out of the zoo and in to the wild.


Catch up on our latest Conservation Blogs

Arts and Culture

Follow the latest news on ZSL’s Arts & Culture projects at ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos, and ZSL’s conservation work through the lens of the Arts.


ZSL Whipsnade Zoo's elephant keepers give an insight into the daily goings on in the elephant barn.

Tiger conservation

Read about conservation of tigers in Asia.

Videographer Blog

One man is boldly going where no other ZSL videographer has gone before - the land of Mountain Chicken Frogs.

Wild Science

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

Wildlife Wood Project Cameroon

The Wildlife Wood Project has been working in Cameroon since 2007 to encourage better wildlife management in logging concessions.

Penguin expedition blog

Updates from penguin conservation expeditions to Antarctica

Amur Leopard

Amur leopard conservation blog

Baby Giraffe Diaries

Meet ZSL Whipsnade Zoo's latest (and leggiest) arrival, a baby giraffe!

Biodiversity and Palm Oil

Follow the ZSL Biodiversity and Palm Oil team, based in Bogor, Indonesia.

Chagos Expedition

The Chagos marine reserve, designated in 2010 and currently the world’s largest no take marine reserve, is a sought-after spot for marine research.

Tsaobis Baboon Blog

Follow ZSL conservationists studying desert baboons in Namibia.