It's time for the annual animal stocktake...
Published: 4th Jan 2019Here at Paignton Zoo in Devon, bird keeper Maisy Laidler works on the annual animal stocktake with the help of a Chilean flamingo chick.
This time each year, zoo keepers take on the mammoth task of counting each and every animal in their collections. Zoo experts keep detailed records of every animal birth, death, arrival and departure. The annual headcount is completed each January as a requirement of zoo licencing.
Top zoos track the animals in their care using a software programme called ZIMS – the Zoological Information Management System. This brings together collection information, studbook data for individual species and veterinary records. The information collected goes to the USA to be combined with figures from other top collections.