Latest Blogs from Artefact of the month

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...

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
by ZSL on

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

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Careers at ZSL

Our people are our greatest asset and we realise our vision for a world where wildlife thrives through their ideas, skills and passion. An inspired, informed and empowered community of people work, study and volunteer together at ZSL.

Nature at the heart of global decision making

At ZSL, a key area of our work is the employment of Nature-based Solutions – an approach which both adapt to and mitigates the impacts of climate change. These Solutions, which include habitat protection and restoration, are low-cost yet high-impact, and provide multiple benefits to people and wildlife. We ensure that biodiversity recovery is at the heart of nature-based solutions. 

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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.

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.

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.