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Without bees our planet would be in trouble.

Did you know that we have our own beehive? In 2018 we were approached by BeesMax which is a not-for-profit company with the sole aim of reversing the decline of the UK bee population.

Bees pollinate a third of the food we eat and 80% of flowering plants. But bees are facing many threats including habitat loss and poisoning from pesticides. When we found out we could help we wanted in!

Find out more about our bee colony and how you can help save bees from extinction when you visit us at the zoo. You can also find out more by visiting BeesMax.org and see some footage of our own bees by clicking on this link.

Bees

Conservation Status: Endangered

Species: UK Honey Bees

The UK Honey Bee, with it’s black and gold stripes is well-known as a hive bee and honey maker. It has been semi-domesticated for thousands of years to produce honey for human consumption. But these bees are now in trouble thanks to the use of pesticides and the destruction of their natural vegetation. This Bee is a vital pollinator of flowers and crops and, as such, we are incredibly excited to be able to offer a colony a home.