Animals counted two by two for London Zoo's annual stocktake

Keeper Hattie Sire counts the Humboldt penguins at the Annual Stocktake 2022 at ZSL London Zoo

Keeper Hattie Sire counts the Humboldt penguins at the Annual Stocktake 2022 at ZSL London Zoo - Credit: ZSL

From Baby Banggai cardinal fish, to a rare Sumatran tiger cub, it's been a busy year for new arrivals at London Zoo.

Keepers kickstarted 2022 with their annual stocktake to tally up every mammal, bird, reptile and invertebrate at the Regent's Park attraction.

Recorded for the first time were Asiatic lioness Arya, who arrived from Paignton Zoo in April as a new mate for Bhanu.

Asiatic lions Bhanu and Arya are counted at the Annual Stocktake 2022 at ZSL London Zoo 

Asiatic lions Bhanu and Arya are counted at the Annual Stocktake 2022 at ZSL London Zoo - Credit: ZSL

The Zoo's famous reptile house saw the hatching of three snappy big-headed turtles to parents rescued from the illegal wildlife trade, while December heralded the birth of a cub born to tigress Gaysha - bringing the Zoo's tally of critically endangered Sumatran tigers to three.

Meanwhile three baby Eastern black and white colobus monkeys were born in Gorilla Kingdom over the summer and will move into the new Monkey Valley exhibit later this year.

Keeper Sam Storey counts the Bolivian black-capped squirrel monkeys at the Annual Stocktake 2022 at London Zoo

Keeper Sam Storey counts the Bolivian black-capped squirrel monkeys at the Annual Stocktake 2022 - Credit: ZSL London Zoo

ZSL's head zookeeper Dan Simmonds said: “London Zoo is home to more than 400 species, from Endangered Asiatic lions to Critically Endangered Chinese giant salamanders - we’re working not only in the Zoo to increase their numbers and learn more about these amazing animals, but also on conservation projects around the world.

"We have to submit an updated number of animals each year as part of our zoo license, which is shared with the international zoo community to inform our global conservation breeding work - the stocktake is also a chance to reflect on all the amazing births and arrivals we’ve celebrated over the past year.”

Keepers count fish in the Zoo's Tiny Giants coral tank

Keepers count fish in the Zoo's Tiny Giants coral tank - Credit: ZSL London Zoo

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The annual audit takes almost a week to complete with the results added to a database which is shared with Zoos around the world. While some counts are as easy as 1-2-3, others are more challenging with scuba gear donned to log the cardinal fish in the Tiny Giants coral tank, ant colonies counted as one, and the moon jellyfish calculated by photographing the tank.

Baby Banggai cardinal fish  - one of three born in the Zoo's new coral tank in 2021

Baby Banggai cardinal fish - one of three born in the Zoo's new coral tank in 2021 - Credit: ZSL

Find out more about conservation at London Zoo at www.zsl.org.

Zookeeper Joe Capon counts the giant Galapagos tortoises at London Zoo

Zookeeper Joe Capon counts the giant Galapagos tortoises - Credit: ZSL London Zoo