Annual weigh-in at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Tuesday 27 August 2013
It's time for the residents of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo to suck in their tummies and hit the scales.
The animals at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo have been stepping on the scales as the Zoo begins its annual weigh-in.
From the tiniest turtle to the tallest giraffe, zookeepers have rolled out the weigh boards and reached for their rulers as they conducted the mammoth task of recording the vital statistics of each of the Zoo’s 2,500 animals.
All 200 species needed their details recorded – from elephants to Egyptian tortoises. The heights and weights of each animal are closely monitored throughout the year, allowing keepers to keep an eye on their well being, ensuring they are fit and healthy.
A range of innovative techniques are used, from training the elephants to walk onto weigh boards in exchange for a banana, to tempting ring-tailed lemurs onto the scales with their favourite sultana treats.
The animals’ measurements have been recorded into the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) where they can be shared with zoos around the world and used to compare information on thousands of endangered species.
Our tiny pygmy marmosets were lured to the scales with food.
One of our lemurs was weighed while eating his breakfast.
Another lemur just wanted to join in with the photographers.
Donna, the 4 year old elephant, first got her trunk measured.
Then she got her feet measured.
And finally, she got her ego measured as she posed for the TV reporter.