London Zoo - What’s Happening at ZSL London Zoo!

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What’s Happening at ZSL London Zoo!

New Baby Sloth at ZSL London Zoo

Zookeeper Kelly-Anne Kelleher, with the help of a special teddy-bear, has taken on the role of surrogate mum to ZSL London Zoo’s newest arrival; a tiny baby sloth.

he seven-week-old two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus), born to second-time parents Marilyn and Leander, needed a helping hand when his mum stopped producing milk, and was unable to care for her infant.

Keepers have named the young male Edward after Johnny Depp’s famous character, Edward Scissorhands, due to his impressive claws - which will grow up to four inches in length and enable him to cling on and climb easily through the tree-top branches of his Rainforest Life home.

To help build up the muscles that Edward would normally use holding on to mum, keeper Kelly-Anne customised his sloth-teddy with carabiners so that it can be hung from a branch, enabling the youngster to climb on and strengthen his little limbs.

The nocturnal mammals, native to South America, are notoriously slow, and baby Edward is no exception, with Kelly-Anne often having to wait for him to stir from a deep slumber before being able to feed him.

Kelly-Anne said: “We’re bottle-feeding Edward every three hours with goat’s milk, topped up with some vitamins to keep him fit and healthy.

“Just like with human baby formula, we heat it up until it’s at room temperature, and test its warmth on our wrists – it took him a few days to get used to the bottle, but now he’s hungrily suckling as soon as we give it to him.

“If he’s feeling particularly hungry he makes a very funny noise to let us know – a sound somewhere between a squeak and a sneeze, but it’s very loud and he makes his point!”

Keeping detailed records on everything the infant does, from eating to sleeping, zookeeper Kelly-Anne even logs Edward’s potty-habits. Sloths leave their high tree-top habitats only once a week to go to the toilet, so by keeping track of his poop, Edward’s keepers can account for any weight losses or gains.

A valuable addition to the European breeding programme for his species, Edward’s details will be added to the international studbook, which is shared with zoos around the world.

Get Closer at ZSL London Zoo this summer

Summer events at ZSL London Zoo – July to August 2015

This summer is promising to be a scorcher at ZSL London Zoo, with a packed schedule of fun for everyone to enjoy.

Kick-starting the summer is the launch of Jungle Jukebox, a brand new daily show in the Zoo’s amphitheatre. Running from 25 July to 6 September, and packed full of sing-alongs, dancing, and puppetry displays with mischievous animal characters, kids will love joining in with the antics as they learn fun facts about creatures from around the world.

ZSL London Zoo’s popular Little Creatures family festival returns for its third year from Friday 31 July to Monday 2 August. As well as a packed schedule of animal talks, feeds and arts & crafts workshops, CBeebies TV star Andy Day will be joining in the fun and guest-hosting the Jungle Jukebox shows for the special weekend only. Little ones will love to see their favourite TV presenter on stage and be enthralled with the lively performance.

With two brand new exhibits for 2015, visitors can get closer than ever before to the Zoo’s amazing animals, including a bachelor troop of ring-tail lemurs in the Madagascan-inspired In with the Lemurs and even snap a selfie with a spider in Europe’s only walk through arachnid enclosure, In with the Spiders.

For budding wildlife filmmakers, there’s the chance to be featured in ZSL London Zoo’s new advertising campaign. Simply share your animal videos on social media using #GetCloser to be in with the chance of winning a GoPro Hero4, and seeing your Zoo experience in the ads. With a new advert being created each week over the summer holidays, there’s plenty of opportunity to get involved.

On Wednesday 26 August, as part of ZSL London Zoo’s Authors for Animals programme, award-winning children’s writer and zoologist Nicola Davies will be talking about her new book ‘I don’t like Snakes’ accompanied by zookeeper Iri Gill. With the opportunity to get closer to some of the zoo’s remarkable reptiles, the afternoon talk is a must-attend event.

Bringing animals and art together, ZSL London Zoo is hosting a brand new five day Animal Art Workshop for children. With artist Alison Limentani providing her expertise, young wildlife enthusiasts will explore different animals and art techniques and as well as honing their artistic talents, they’ll get involved in projects such as creating posters for conservation and designing zoo exhibits.

For those looking to find out what it takes to work at ZSL London Zoo, extra dates have been added for Junior Zoo Academy throughout the summer holidays. The perfect course for any young animal-lover, the two day experience is designed for eight to 10 year olds with a passion for wildlife and an enthusiasm to learn more.

Junior Zoo Academy participants can expect a fun-filled experience with games, challenges, and animal handling; and will get the chance to meet their zookeeper heroes along with some of ZSL’s London Zoo’s iconic animals. All participants take home a Zoo Scrapbook, along with a Junior Zoo Academy t-shirt and certificate as a token of their unforgettable Junior Zoo Academy experience.

With more than 17,000 incredible animals to see, and a packed schedule of brilliant events to take part in, ZSL London Zoo is the place to be this summer. Find out more and book tickets now at:


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ZSL Affiliate Team