Keepers at Banham Zoo and Africa Alive! ready for wild time as they prepare for animal count

12 days of Christmas at Banham Zoo for the annual animal count. Animal records keeper Jade Ralph tak

12 days of Christmas at Banham Zoo for the annual animal count. Animal records keeper Jade Ralph takes notes on the number of animals in the zoo.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

It will be a mathematically challenging start to the year for zoo keepers at two of the region's biggest attractions.

12 days of Christmas at Banham Zoo for the annual animal count.Day 3, a Siberian tiger lounging. PHO

12 days of Christmas at Banham Zoo for the annual animal count.Day 3, a Siberian tiger lounging. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

They have the daunting task of counting the almost 4,000 species in their care at Banham Zoo, near Diss, and Africa Alive! at Kessingland.

Some of the animals are easier to count than others.

Cheetahs are quite easy to spot but spare a thought for the poor keeper who has the slightly trickier job of counting about 1,000 Madagascar hissing cockroaches at Banham Zoo.

This will involve taking them out of their tank and then painstakingly counting them back in - one at a time.


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The information is collated through a database which is used by zoos around the world so the information about different animals can be shared for conservation purposes.

Some of the new arrivals this year include a rare Grevy's zebra born at Banham Zoo and a black lemur and two black and white ruffed lemurs at Africa Alive!

For more information visit http://www.banhamzoo.co.uk/

or http://www.africa-alive.co.uk/

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