All the animals are being counted at London Zoo today from the tiny leafcutter ants to the huge silverback gorillas.Read the full story ›
Squirrel monkeys at London Zoo got in on the action today as a film crew from ITN turned up to film them. The animals were intrigued by the camera equipment, and began climbing over it.
Zookeeper Teague Stubbington said: "The squirrel monkeys are one of the liveliest and most playful animals here and much like kids in the school holidays, we have to constantly find novel ways of keeping them entertained."
London Zoo is celebrating the arrival of a trio of tiny lizards - the first of their kind to ever be born in a UK zoo.Read the full story ›
It's a happy 16th birthday today for London Zoo's silverback gorilla, Kumbuka!
The seven-foot, 29 stone alpha male, who arrived at the zoo in May, will get specially-prepared treats to celebrate his big day.
Keepers at London Zoo say they are distraught by the death of their first tiger cub born in 17 years. The Sumutran tiger was just three weeks old. Today it was announced the cub - who hadn't yet been named - drowned in a pool inside the tiger enclosure. Lucrezia Millarini reports.
- Melati's pregnancy lasted around 105 days
- Zookeepers kept a careful watch on the first-time mother through hidden cameras
- The cub was too young to be sexed or named
- It was born six months after the opening of the new "tiger territory" at London Zoo
London Zoo says it believes Melati carried the cub outside, but keepers are unclear as to how the cub got into the pool.
Keepers are now reviewing the situation because it was not forseen that the mother would take the cub outside so early.
We're heartbroken by what's happened. To go from the excitement of the birth to this in three weeks is just devastating.
Melati can be a very nervous animal and we didn't want to risk putting her on edge by changing her surroundings or routines, in case she abandoned or attacked the cub.
At the time we thought it was in the best interests of Melati and her cub to allow her continued access to the full enclosure as normal.
We would do anything to turn back the clock, and nobody could be more upset about what's happened than the keepers who work with the tigers every day. They are devoted to those tigers and are distraught.
The first tiger cub to be born at London Zoo for 17 years has died. The cub was discovered on the edge of the pool inside the tigers' enclosure. Five-year-old Sumatran tiger Melati gave birth to the cub two weeks ago, with the event captured on hidden cameras in the den.
Keepers at London Zoo raised the alarm in the early hours of Saturday morning after they noticed that they could not see the cub on the den cameras. The zoo spokeswoman said a post-mortem examination carried out on Sunday confirmed the cub had drowned
London Zoo have welcomed their first tiger cub in seventeen years, after five year old Sumatran tiger Melati gave birth to a cub on Sunday evening.
The cub was born in the Zoo's "Tiger Territory" after a six-minute labour.
Zookeeper Paul Kybett said everyone at the zoo was "over the moon" about the birth.
"It's still very early days, so we're leaving Melati to take care of her adorable baby, and our cameras allow us to watch them both from a distance. So far she's proving to be a doting mum," he said.