UK’s wildlife: In Picture — The world of fur, flippers and feathers in 2021

For people throughhout the UK, 2021 was a year of pandemic lockdowns and restrictions which continued to disrupt lives and upset routines.

But in the animal kingdom – from farms to zoos, moors, beaches and bogs – it was very much business as usual.

Here are some of the highlights caught on camera:


Baby gorilla at Bristol Zoo GardensWestern lowland gorilla Touni carries her new baby around Gorilla Island at Bristol Zoo Gardens (Ben Birchall/PA)


Valentine’s at the Wildwood TrustRescued brown bear cubs Mish (left) and Lucy investigate a heart-shaped pinata stuffed with their favourite treats as part of a Valentine’s Day enrichment programme at the Wildwood Trust in Herne Bay, Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Murmuration of starlingsA murmuration of starlings pass Glastonbury Tor as they fly off to roost on the Somerset Levels at sunset (Ben Birchall/PA)


Newborn lambs in WarwickshireSpring lambs at Moreton Morrell College in Warwickshire, on the day of the spring equinox (Jacob King/PA)


Easter 2021Squirrel monkeys enjoy Easter treats at London Zoo (ZSL London Zoo/PA)


Yorkshire Wildlife Park new sea lion complexSea lions enjoy their new £2m purpose-built complex at Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster, South Yorkshire (Danny Lawson/PA)


Hazel dormouse reintroductionOne of 1,000 hazel dormice released back into the wild at a secret location in Lancashire by wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species in an attempt to save them from extinction in the UK (Peter Byrne/PA)


Highland Wildlife Park tiger cubsThree Amur tiger cubs explore their outside enclosure for the first time at Highland Wildlife Park near Kingussie in the Highlands (Jane Barlow/PA)


ZSL London Zoo annual weigh-inAsiatic lioness Arya took the annual weigh-in at ZSL London Zoo in her stride (Yui Mok/PA)
Geronimo the alpacaCampaigners led by owner Helen Macdonald fought long and hard to save Geronimo the alpaca after he twice tested positive for bovine tuberculosis but the story did not have a happy ending (Andrew Matthews/PA)


ZSL Whipsnade Zoo rhino calfTwo-week-old Southern white rhino calf Nandi explores her enclosure for the first time with mother Tuli at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (Joe Giddens/PA)


World Lemur DayA ring-tailed lemur at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling celebrates World Lemur Day with pumpkin puree balls (Andrew Milligan/PA)


Grey seals return to Donna Nook National Nature ReserveA mother with her pup at Donna Nook National Nature Reserve in Lincolnshire, where grey seals return every year in late October, November and December to give birth (Danny Lawson/PA)


Hilton dog menuGolden Retrievers Darcy, Boris and Lily sample Hilton’s new festive menu for dogs, at The Biltmore Mayfair in London (David Parry/PA)
Penguins visit care home residentsResident Joyce Drewitt, 98, p-p-p-picked up a Humboldt penguin that visited the Orders of Saint John Care Trust’s Spencer Court care home in Oxfordshire (Orders of Saint John Care Trust/PA)

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