Embracing the lockdown DIY trend sweeping the nation, zookeepers at ZSL London Zoo have been getting creative during the country-wide lockdown – designing and building their own penguin weigh-bridges.
Much like homeowners up and down the country who are using the extra time at home to get creative with their living spaces, zookeepers set about making new penguin weigh-bridges with inbuilt scales to help with the task of weighing the Zoo’s 76-strong colony of Humboldt penguins.
The new weigh-bridges, upcycled from materials salvaged from around the Zoo, were strategically placed at the entrance to the penguins’ coastal-inspired home, Penguin Beach, meaning that the flightless birds can be easily weighed as they waddle from the beach to breakfast each day.
Deputy team leader of birds at ZSL London Zoo, Zuzana Boumrah said: “Regularly weighing an animal gives us a really good indicator of their overall health but ZSL London Zoo’s penguin colony are notoriously mischievous and training 76 individuals to be weighed would take lots of time and probably far more patience than the penguins have!”
Zookeeper Martin Franklin added: “We designed these weigh-bridges to fit perfectly in the entrance-ways between the beach and feeding area at Penguin Beach, meaning the penguins’ weights can be easily recorded when they are called for their breakfast.”
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