3 April 2020

Being a zookeeper during Covid lockdown

Behind the scenes with zookeeper, Dave Clarke, as he carries out important scientific and conservation work whilst caring for our animals. The Zoo might be without visitors, but our zookeepers are still working late into the night, helping restore Partula snails back from the brink of extinction, feeding our spiders and caring for aquarium. 


Invertebrates and fish at the Zoo

  • Tiny Giants logo, with a clownfish, locust, coral and praying mantis illustration.
    From minibeasts to coral reefs

    Tiny Giants

    Journey through the habitats of the planet’s smallest but mightiest animals. From our coral reef aquarium, to our spider walk-through.

  • Desert locust swarm feeding on corn
    Schistocerca gregaria

    Desert locust

    A large swarm can eat up to 1.8 million metric tons of plants, equivalent to enough food to feed 81 million people. 

  • Madagascar Orb Weaver in a web
    Nephila inaurata madagascariensis

    Madagascar orb weaver

    One of the largest orb weaving spiders, which can spin webs up to 1 metre wide. The female spiders are six times bigger than the males.

  • Giant African land snail on someone's hand
    Achatina achatina

    Giant African land snail 

    The giant African land snail can reach a kilogram in weight, and is one of the most invasive animals in the world.

  • Postman butterfly wings closed on a leaf
    Heliconius melpomene

    Postman butterfly

    This poisonous Mexican butterfly stores the toxins it eats as a caterpillar as protection from predators.

  • Outside Tiny Giants building
    Taking inspiration from nature

    Sustainability at Tiny Giants

    Opened by Queen Elizabeth I and Prince Philip, we built our Tiny Giants building to be as sustainable as possible.

  • Our animals