Latest Blogs from Artefact of the month

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...

Plate 5 of Zinanni's book on bird eggs showing illustrations of 8 bird egss
by Ann Sylph on

Traditionally bird eggs are used to celebrate Easter and so this month we are featuring the oldest books in ZSL Library devoted to bird eggs. As...

Charles Darwin as a young man
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To celebrate Charles Darwin's birthday on 12th February, ZSL Library looks at Darwin's relationship with ZSL London Zoo

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...

Gnarled `oak' tree of life by Ernst Haeckel
by Ann Sylph on

`Trees of life’ are a concept throughout much of human history, linking humans and the natural world.

David Attenborough with the Origin of Species in the ZSL library
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We explore the life of Jumbo the elephant ahead of BBC documentary, Attenborough and the Giant Elephant, and look at how things have changed since...

ZSL uniform blue

Our archive holds many interesting items of uniform from times gone by

Decorative and colourful pate of invertebrates of the Siphonophorae
by Ann Sylph on

Extraordinary images by Ernst Haeckel in Kunstform der Natur – Artforms in Nature and 100 years since the publication of On growth and form by D’...

Image of a young Thomas Henry Huxley.

This month, instead of looking at one particular artefact from ZSL Library’s collection we wanted to look at the life of one of ZSL’s most...

Image of Joan Beauchamp Procter

Discover more about ZSL's first female curator of Herpetology as we mark 120 years since her birth.

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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).

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.