Keepers at ZSL London Zoo take stock of 2006
Thursday 11 January 2007
ZSL London Zoo is kicking off 2007 with its annual stocktake – counting all its animals for a “zoo’s who” of the year.
This year’s count will reveal some exciting conservation successes - and also present some new challenges for zookeepers doing the counting. While keeping track of our two new giraffes might not be too difficult, our newly-opened Butterfly Paradise, which boasts around 200 tropical butterflies and moths, could be trickier.
All keepers will take part in this mammoth task, taking a head count of more than 600 different species living at ZSL London Zoo.
Every animal needs to be recorded from shrimpfish to pygmy marmosets to giant anteaters, giant centipedes and giant stick insects.
As well as Butterfly Paradise, 2006 saw the launch of Into Africa, which includes a raised platform allowing visitors to come eye-to-eye with our giraffes – which should certainly make the head count a bit easier.
New additions to ZSL London Zoo last year included a pack of African wild hunting dogs, two okapi, six baby otters, and five baby penguins. The stocktake will reveal the full extent of ZSL London Zoo’s growth this year, right down to the very last Madagascan Teal duckling.
Visitors can expect a great year from ZSL London Zoo in 2007 as we open two brand new exhibits. Gorilla Kingdom, a 6,000sq m gorilla enclosure designed to mimic a rainforest clearing, will open at the end of March. In May we open Clore Rainforest Lookout, which will include a biome housing rainforest trees housing a troupe of endangered golden lion tamarin monkeys.
2006 proved to be another great year with ZSL London Zoo playing a vital role in conserving and breeding species that are in danger of extinction.