Latest Blogs from Artefact of the month

Obaysch the first hippopotamus, a sculpture made from Nile mud, Joseph Gawen, circa 1855
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A few of the sculptures to be found in ZSL Library & Archives

Watercolour of two Przewalski horses standing, a side view
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Joseph Smit was a prolific and versatile artist and illustrator of animals. He provided over 700 illustrations for ZSL's publications.

Colour print of two green hummingbirds with a red throat next to pale pink flowers
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A guest blog by Ann Datta. In May 1851, 170 years ago, the Gardens of the Zoological Society of London hosted a remarkable exhibition of...

Abstract painting in mainly black, blue, white and black with the colours radiating from a black central point.
by Ann Sylph on

Congo was a famous artistic chimpanzee at ZSL London Zoo in the 1950s. He was given paints and allowed to create works of art by Desmond Morris,...

A page of Lycaenid or blue butterfly illustrations
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A daring heist - lepidochromy or nature-printing of butterflies and moths. Books still missing from a 'Mission Impossible' style heist includes a...

Coloured engraving of a Surinam toad with young on back
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As we celebrate Women's History Month and International Women's Day we look at a selection of role models and trailblazers from the past. Women...

Painting of Joseph Wolf by Lance Calkin, 1890.

Many a meeting held in ZSL’s Council Room has been held under the steady gaze of a well-dressed, bearded man holding a bird of...

A dodo by George Edwards, 1743-76.
by Ann Sylph on

A selection of illustrations of now extinct and endangered animals in historic books, dating from the 17th to the 20th century.

Whipsnade map 1939
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Paul Wilson explores how ZSL Whipsnade Zoo was impacted by the Second World War, which began just eight years after Whipsnade opened to the public...

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...

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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.

Wild About

Read testimonials from our Members and extracts from ZSL's award winning members' magazine, Wild About.

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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).

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