London zoo to residents: Stand up and be counted

2017-01-03 20:07
One of the Sumatran tiger cubs plays with a blackboard during the annual stock take at the London Zoo. (Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP)

One of the Sumatran tiger cubs plays with a blackboard during the annual stock take at the London Zoo. (Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP)

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London - It's counting time at the London Zoo - time to make a tally of every animal on the premises, even the Partula snails.

The process required by the zoo's license started on a cold, clear sunny London morning.

It usually takes a week or so to complete the complicated task - it's not so easy to count ants and locusts.

There are many new creatures in the menagerie, including two Sumatran tiger cubs.

Early results are in: Turns out there are 2 132 Partula snails, who are part of a breeding and re-introduction programme to protect the species.

The information gathered is shared with other zoos worldwide in an effort to manage conservation and breeding programs.

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