The Bristol Zoo did animal inventory. Today, the ZSL London Zoo takes a head count and the task is a daunting one, to be certain. The London Zoo has more than 17,500 heads to count and the process could take weeks for task completion.
Most of those requiring a number have been microchipped. This makes counting so much easier than those of a natural camouflage, for whom a seek-and-find can seem unkind.
New additions to the zoo being counted for the first time included baby Ziggy, an endangered white-naped mangabey monkey, and Maxilla, a black and white colobus monkey.
The zoo also welcomed a pair of new Sumatran tigers — male Jae Jae from a zoo in Ohio in the U.S. and female Melati, from Perth, Australia. The tigers were matched by an international breeding program to ensure a genetically-diverse population of animals, and will be meeting visitors in a newly-expanded enclosure in spring.
Zoological Director David Field