The New Year may well be days old but for the keepers at Banham Zoo, the hard task of putting together the annual animal inventory has already begun.
Keepers at the zoo, under the guidance of their Animal Record Keeper, will accurately count every specimen, from tigers to cockroaches, housed at the zoo.
All the data recorded by the zoo will in the global database system ZIMS (Zoological Information Management System) which enables zoos all over the world to record information about their animals and to share information on their species in real time. The data is also crucial to help maintaining the future of certain species.
More than 60 different species at Banham Zoo are managed by breeding programmes and this information will be used to work out where best to send animals bred in the zoo in the last year, and which animals should breed in the coming year.