Saturday, 4 January 2014

Two by two: London Zoo counts its many inhabitants

LONDON (AP) — From aardvarks to zebras, the residents of London Zoo are coming forth to be counted.

Dozens of zookeepers — carrying clipboards and even snacks to coax out the most reluctant creatures — set out Thursday to record every resident mammal, bird, fish, invertebrate, reptile and amphibian as part of the zoo's annual animal census.

The zoo is home to some 19,000 animals of more than 850 species, from 400-pound (185 kilogram) silverback gorillas to insects such as the tiny leaf-cutter ant.

Ants and other extremely tiny creatures are counted in colonies, but all others are recorded individually.

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