Taking stock: animals get counted at @ZSLLondonZoo

Posted at 5:00 pm, January 3, 2013 in Fun London
London Zoo stocktake

And the animals went in two by two (hurrah, hurrah) today at ZSL London Zoo for the annual stocktake. All 767 species will be subject to numerical scrutiny this week as they renew their zoo license before the end of January. At last count there were 17,519 critters residing in the Regents Park residence (that includes counting the ant colonies as just one – cheating, but we will let them off) and all the info goes the International Species Information System (ISIS) to help international breeding programmes for endangered animals. We went down this morning to see some of the furry fellas stand up (not literally) and be counted – which was actually just them posing with their keepers for the press. Still blooming cute though.

First up, Mr Bull Frog strikes a muddy, bulge-eyed pose.

London Zoo stocktake

The meerkats were ready for a cuddle…

London Zoo stocktake

…whereas the otter family just wanted food.

London Zoo stocktake

The penguins were having a right old laugh. Especially Ricky the Rockhopper (with the yellow headdress at the back) who took a few moments out from posting on his Facebook page to pose.

London Zoo stocktake

The owls were all present and correct.

London Zoo stocktake

But the most plentiful species at the Zoo this morning was most definitely the large-lensed lesser-spotted snapper.

London Zoo stocktake

For more info, see zsl.org.

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