From stoned sloths to farting fish: comical tales from the animal kingdom

Join us for an evening of some of the weirdest and wildest stories from the animal kingdom. From mating rituals to eating habits, animals do some pretty strange things. Hear from some of the UKs most prominent, and irreverent, zoologists and authors about their favourite animal facts, and have the record set straight on some popular animal myths. At this event Lucy Cooke, broadcaster and author of The Unexpected Truth about Animals; Dani Rabaiotti, author of Does it Fart? The definitive field guide to animal flatulence; Darren Naish, author and host of the Tetrapod Zoology podcast; and Jules Howard, author of Sex on Earth and Death on Earth; will talk us through some of the strangest and most entertaining animal facts they have come across in their careers.

After the talks there will be a Q&A with the speakers followed by a book signing. If you wish to purchase any books please bring cash. 


  • Lucy Cooke

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Lucy Cooke is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, broadcaster and best-selling author with a Masters in zoology from Oxford university. She has presented a number of TV shows for the BBC, ITV and National Geographic including Springwatch, The Beach Live, Curious Creatures, Natures Miracle Orphans and Ingenious Animals. Her latest book, The Unexpected Truth about Animals has been shortlisted for the Royal Society Prize.


  • Dani Rabaiotti

Dani Rabaiotti

Dani Rabaiotti is a zoologist, science communicator and (co)author of ‘Does It Fart? The definitive field guide to animal flatulence’ and ‘True or Poo’. She is a contributor for BBC Wildlife and The Verge and is a consultant on the television production of ‘Does It Fart?’. Dani is a PhD student at ZSL and UCL studying the impact of climate change on African wild dogs. 

  • Jules Howard

Jules Howard

Jules is a UK-based zoology correspondent, speaker and author of books including Sex on Earth and Death on Earth. He writes for The Guardian and BBC Wildlife Magazine and contributes to TV programmes including BBC Breakfast, Newsround, Good Morning Britain and Sunday Brunch.

  • Darren Naish

Darren Naish

Dr Darren Naish is a palaeozoologist (dead animal expert) and author who mostly works on non-bird dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles but also writes about obscure living animals, conservation biology, cryptozoology, fringe theories and fish. His most recent books include Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evolved (with Dr Paul Barrett), Hunting Monsters and Evolution in Minutes. He writes the world's best zoology-themed blog: Tetrapod Zoology.


Attending this event

  • TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR (we will not be able to take card payments; please bring cash)
  • Venue: Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo. See map
  • Underground – Camden Town Station; Nearest bus - no. 274


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