Today the keepers at ZSL London Zoo had the huge job of counting every single animal as part of the zoo’s annual stocktake.
With more than 750 different species – including gorillas, tigers, giant tortoises, meerkats, penguins and spiders - the keepers had their work cut out as they braved the wintery weather with clipboards.
Last year’s count revealed a total of 14,567 animals, including:
- 259 mammals
- 5,570 fish
- 680 birds
- 7,510 bugs
- 341 amphibians
- 207 reptiles
There are even more heads to count this year: the zoo has welcomed lots of new inhabitants, including lion cubs, a baby mangabey, a komodo dragon, a pair of aardvarks, a pack of coatis and some porcupines.