It's been a busy week here at the Welsh Mountain Zoo!
Our keepers have been finalising our annual animal stock take - a mammoth task which involves counting each and every one of our animals!
Of course our keepers are fully aware of how many animals they have in their care, especially larger mammals such as our Sumatran Tigers, Chimpanzees and Californian Sea Lions - but this annual ‘stock take’ provides a valuable record. And some of the smaller creatures like snails and frogs take some patience and plenty of double-checking!
It is vital that we record this data, so that the information can be recorded by BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and the international database, Species360.
Stephen Perry, Head Keeper at the Welsh Mountain Zoo explained:
“This is a huge task but a necessary one that we all gear up to in January. We have around 1500 animals (including fish and inverts), 100 species at the Zoo, in over 60 enclosures. Recording all of the animals, some of whom can be a little quiet and prefer to hide away, can be somewhat of a challenge!”