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.
The meerkats were ready for a cuddle…
…whereas the otter family just wanted food.
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.
The owls were all present and correct.
But the most plentiful species at the Zoo this morning was most definitely the large-lensed lesser-spotted snapper.
For more info, see zsl.org.