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Its a boy!

We suspect the baby giraffe was born around 7 am in London zoo on the 30th September as he was still quite wet when the first keepers came in at 7.40. I got the text at 8 am and managed to get to work 10.15 in time to see when he was standing for the first time. It is an event which is always nerve wrecking because baby giraffes have quite a distance to fall when they fail to control their…

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Growing in confidence

The baby giraffe is now a few weeks old and is getting strong on his legs, walking around the dens. He’s even started to follow the actions of the zookeepers! The baby is becoming very inquisitive, venturing right up to his keeper when the house is cleaned out in the morning. On the 2nd of October the keepers decided to give mum, Ijuma, and the baby access to the outside yard for the first time for a couple of hours….

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Baby Giraffe Diaries

Meet ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s latest (and leggiest) arrival, a baby giraffe! Born on 30 September 2012 to first-time parents Uno and Ijuma, the male giraffe is already proving hugely poplar with visitors and zookeepers alike. Keeper Louise Jakobsen updates on the giraffe’s progress with news, photos and videos so you won’t miss a moment.

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Tiger Conversation Spotted by Our Zoology Experts as Part from Their Asian Research Project

Our team of zoology experts  at  made a research project about tiger speaking to the local villagers Travelling along the river beside the villages of the Sundarbans, the beauty of the forest is truly amazing. Sunlight glistening over the water, the sound of the waves, the sights and sounds of various birds and the endless green forest brings a sense of serenity. But as the boatmen mention, the area was much more serene, the forest was far more endless….

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Peninsula Antarctica continued…

Ben and Tom continue their journey along the Antarctic Peninsula, encountering frenetic penguins, and have the experience of a lifetime with two humpback whales… For the second half of our trip, we move north through the peninsula islands of Danco and Cuverville, with continent landings at Neko and Orne Harbours.  The weather continues to hold and we are fortunate to have bright sunshine and very little wind. It makes for easy work setting out the rest of our camera array…

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Big cats trapping – fall 2011

September came at last, trees are tinged by yellow colors , and one could sense some adventures from all of it. Everyone is in anticipation of this exciting event – Amur leopard and tiger trapping. I name this event to be exciting not only because we are faced with trapping wild and rare big cats (which is exciting of course), but also because this event is a time of meetings with people from different parts of our planet – with…

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A fungal ‘superbug’ causes global amphibian declines

Find out how ZSL scientists discovered the link between the frog trade and a killer fungus seriously effecting amphibians worldwide with Frog Blog My name is Rhys and I am a postgraduate student at Imperial College London and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). For the past two years I have been studying a chytrid fungus known as Bd, which is responsible for likely hundreds of extinctions and local extinctions (extirpations) in amphibians worldwide. Our group is interested in understanding how -until recently-…

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London Zoo scientists have been working in Antarctica for several years now, with a view to establishing long-term penguin conservation initiatives, backed by novel and infomative science.  This year, the field team consists of Tom, Gemma and I (Ben Collen) – here are Tom and Ben in nonchalant poses next to the ZSL main offices, looking the part in the snow.  With considerably more glamour and youthful keenness, Gemma appears in a slightly more tropical location. Tom will spend the…

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Visiting my Chagossian hertige Yannick Mandarin

My time on Chagos is just amazing, emotional and fun. My grandparents lived, married and raised kids on these islands. Now I can put a picture to all the stories I heard from my grandfather, Henri Mandarin, as I was growing up. So far, I’ve visited 35 islands with Peter Carr who’s doing an amazing job out here, protecting all the birds on these islands. Peter and I have spent lots of time together going from island to island to…

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Chagos Expedition Blog

The Chagos marine reserve, designated in 2010 and currently the world’s largest no take marine reserve, is a sought-after spot for marine research, setting baselines for conservation initiatives worldwide. The scale, isolation and stunning life of this tropical reef archipelago make the scientific and technological developments going on there particularly exciting. Thanks to funding from the Darwin Initiative, regular expeditions are possible for the first time, allowing scientists from numerous organisations within and beyond the Chagos Environment Network (a group…

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