Latest Blogs from Artefact of the month

Passenger pigeon fro volume one of Catesby's ‘The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands’.

Mark Catesby (1683-1749) was one of the most influential naturalists of the early 18th century, and his famous two volume work ‘The natural...

Drawing by Joan Miró

In 1964 surrealist artist Joan Miró came to ZSL to visit Desmond Morris. He was our Curator of Mammals, and a keen surrealist artist himself.

Solitary snipe
by Ann Sylph on

Hodgson and the “Zoology of Nipal" a guest blog by David A. Lowther, University of Durham

Photo of volumes of Whipsnade Occurrences on a bookshelf
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Continuing her exploration of ZSL's Archives, Beryl, ZSL Library Volunteer, outlines the events at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo during the first year of...

Photo of volumes of Whipsnade Occurrences on a bookshelf
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A flavour of the times when Whipsnade opened in 1931, from the 1931 Whipsnade Occurrences and other sources within ZSL Library & Archives.

10 monkey tiles and 3 bird tiles
by Ann Sylph on

ZSL Library & Archives team regularly receive intriguing emails, one recent email was particularly interesting and led to me to receive an...

Watercolour of giant Chinese salamanders possibly by Boulenger in 1924
by Ann Sylph on

ZSL welcomes rescued Chinese giant salamander to ZSL London Zoo, so we're celebrating by featuring these lovely and mysterious watercolours of the...

Colour painting of a gecko in a desert landscape
by Ann Sylph on

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March we are again featuring a small selection of talented women artists and illustrators. Two of...

Colour illustration of various barnacles
by Ann Sylph on

Barnacles are fascinating crustaceans, Charles Darwin devoted 8 years to their study from 1846 to 1854. Often ignored when rock pooling, or simply...

Pink-headed ducks by Henry Jones
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Art of the lost and rare : art works of extinct and endangered animals. Highlighting some of the original art works in ZSL's collections depicting...

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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.