London Counts Its Animals – level 3

12-01-2017 15:00

The new year is a time to take stock, look back at the year gone by and plan for the months ahead. For the keepers at London Zoo, that means counting every creature in their care from the biggest cats to the smallest insect.

It is a requirement to have an annual inventory of the species, but it is also globally important to share the information of successes and information of the species that have bred throughout the year.

In 2016, the zoo saw the arrival of many new animals including Sumatran tiger cubs Achilles and Karis. Overall, London Zoo is home to over 18,000 animals, but the exact number is constantly changing so this stock-taking, which usually takes around a week to complete, can be quite the challenge.

Squirrel monkeys are really hard to count because they are in a big open space and counting all the fish in the zoo’s aquariums is no easy task.

Difficult words: take stock (think about things or a situation), squirrel monkey (a small South American monkey).

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