Photos: New Year rings in annual headcount at London Zoo

Zookeepers at ZSL London Zoo have had their clipboards, calculators and cameras at the ready these past couple of days – as they count the animals at the Zoo’s annual stocktake. Caring for more than 600 different species, ZSL London Zoo’s keepers face the challenging task of tallying up every mammal, bird, reptile, fish and invertebrate that calls the zoo home – counting everything from a colony of inquisitive Humboldt penguins to Critically Endangered Asiatic lions and Bactrian camels.

Updated On Jan 04, 2020 04:36 PM IST 6 Photos
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An Asiatic lion during the annual stocktake at ZSL London Zoo in central London, England. Dusting off their clipboards, calculators and weighing scales, zookeepers at ZSL London Zoo have been busy at work, taking stock of the Zoo’s animal population as part of their annual audit. (Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP)

An Asiatic lion during the annual stocktake at ZSL London Zoo in central London, England. Dusting off their clipboards, calculators and weighing scales, zookeepers at ZSL London Zoo have been busy at work, taking stock of the Zoo’s animal population as part of their annual audit. (Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP)

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A zookeeper interacts with squirrel monkeys during the annual stocktake. According to the zoo, 2019 saw the arrival of many new animals such as Elio the two-toed sloth and Star the tamandua were born in the Zoo’s Rainforest Life exhibit. (Henry Nicholls / REUTERS)

A zookeeper interacts with squirrel monkeys during the annual stocktake. According to the zoo, 2019 saw the arrival of many new animals such as Elio the two-toed sloth and Star the tamandua were born in the Zoo’s Rainforest Life exhibit. (Henry Nicholls / REUTERS)

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A zookeeper watches penguins during the annual stocktake. Six Humboldt penguin chicks hatched at Penguin Beach, while four Chinese giant salamanders and four big-headed turtles were given new homes at the Zoo after being rescued from the illegal wildlife trade - all of these new residents will be added to the census. (Henry Nicholls / REUTERS)

A zookeeper watches penguins during the annual stocktake. Six Humboldt penguin chicks hatched at Penguin Beach, while four Chinese giant salamanders and four big-headed turtles were given new homes at the Zoo after being rescued from the illegal wildlife trade - all of these new residents will be added to the census. (Henry Nicholls / REUTERS)

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Members of the media photograph a giant African land snail during the stocktake. For some zookeepers the task is relatively easy and done with a simple headcount, but imaginative tactics are used by others to ensure every resident is accounted for - the B.U.G.S team cheat and count ant colonies as one, instead of tracking hundreds of individual ants. (Henry Nicholls / REUTERS)

Members of the media photograph a giant African land snail during the stocktake. For some zookeepers the task is relatively easy and done with a simple headcount, but imaginative tactics are used by others to ensure every resident is accounted for - the B.U.G.S team cheat and count ant colonies as one, instead of tracking hundreds of individual ants. (Henry Nicholls / REUTERS)

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A zookeeper counts Bactrian camels during the stocktake. The exercise is a requirement of ZSL London Zoo’s license, and the annual audit takes keepers almost a week to complete. (Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP)

A zookeeper counts Bactrian camels during the stocktake. The exercise is a requirement of ZSL London Zoo’s license, and the annual audit takes keepers almost a week to complete. (Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP)

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A zookeeper holds up a Red Kneed tarantula. The information gathered is shared with zoos around the world on Species360, a database that helps manage the worldwide conservation breeding programmes for endangered animals. (Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP)

A zookeeper holds up a Red Kneed tarantula. The information gathered is shared with zoos around the world on Species360, a database that helps manage the worldwide conservation breeding programmes for endangered animals. (Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP)

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