They live in families, they stand guard, they babysit... and they can even kill scorpions. Here's our celebration of the popular creatures from the sands of southern Africa's Kalahari Desert.
Watch our adorable family of meerkats streamed live from ZSL London Zoo:
We're inviting kids to bring their teddies for a health-check this February half term, with Vets LIVE - a week of interactive family events celebrating the incredible work of the Zoo’s vets between February 13th and 21st.
With a packed schedule of talks and activities, families will learn about the huge variety of work carried out by the Zoo’s vets and keepers on a daily basis, from microchipping meerkats to checking the tigers’ teeth.
Find out more: http://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/whats-on/vets-live
Otters + leaves = happiness!
#TBT to this sweet photograph of three young tawny owls pictured at the Zoo in 1921.
The ultimate cuddling session!
Get closer to our meerkats than ever before with our first #360video! Look around in a complete 360° view as our mob of #meerkats enjoy their feeding time.
You can watch the video on all devices here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE7a0B8S1BY
Native to Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands, and named after the island of ‘Komodo’, dragons such as Ganas are the largest and heaviest lizards in the world. They have survived on Earth for millions of years but are classified as ‘Endangered’ due to competition with humans for their habitat.
Our latest Curious Creature is the fabulously fuzzy gentle lemur. This species is the only primate in the world to make its home in a marshland habitat and can be found on the amazing island of Madagascar.
Did you know the nothern hawk owl is one of the few owl species that is only active during the day?
#TBT to this Pinta Island tortoise pictured at the Zoo more than 100 years ago in 1914. A subspecies of the Galapagos tortoise, sadly the Pinta Island tortoise is now believed to be extinct, with the last known individual, Lonesome George, passing away in 2012.
As part of our conservation work with their living relatives, the Galapagos tortoise, ZSL and other organisations are helping to protect the future of the species by running field conservation projects in the their native islands, and learning more about disease threats to Galapagos flora and fauna.