Annual animal weigh-in

Animals throw their weight behind Zoo survey.

The wild and wonderful animals of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo stepped on the scales this week, for the Zoo's annual weigh-in.

From the world’s smallest primates, the pygmy marmosets, to towering giraffes, animals were greeted with tiny sets of scales and giant rulers, as zookeepers beganrecording the vital statistics of each of the Zoo’s almost 3000 animals.

Giraffes being measured at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Two-hundred different species need their details recorded, to ensure that the health and wellbeing of each animal can be closely monitored by keepers throughout the year.

A range of techniques are used, from training the sea lions to hold their flippers up to be measured, to tempting the brightly feathered macaw and the scaly python onto the weigh-board with some of their favourite treats.

Sealion being measured at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

The animals’ measurements are 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.

Macaw is weighed at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

 

School online resources

From the world’s smallest primates, the pygmy marmosets, to towering giraffes, animals will be greeted with tiny sets of scales and giant rulers, as zookeepers begin recording the vital statistics of each of the Zoo’s almost 3000 animals.

These resources will allow your students to give the zookeepers a helping hand in making sure we care for our animals by feeding them the correct food. 

 

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