80th year of counting animals at Whipsnade

More than 200 different species have been counting as part of Whipsnade Zoo’s annual stocktake.

Into its 80th year now, more than 4,000 creatures were counted – 3,992 more than when the Zoo first opened.

This year’s count includes feathery and furry babies – including two ostrich chicks and a rockhopper penguin plus five cheetah cubs. Added to that, are some newcomers of that larger variety – elephant calf George who was born in April, and a zebra calf and two Asian rhino calves, all born in 2010.

During the stocktake every single animal is counted – including the shoals of fish and tiny ants.

When the zoo first opened in May 1931 it had eight animals: two Amherst pheasants, a golden pheasant and five red jungle fowl.

 

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