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Keepers lure animals to step on the scales for the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s annual weigh-in

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A large-scale operation is underway at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo as keepers persuade thousands of animals to step on the scales for the annual weigh-in.

As part of their regular checkups, all creatures large and small have their vital stats recorded to keep track of their health and well-being.

Keepers check all 10,000 animals at the UK’s largest zoo.

Beluki, a 26-year-old female rhinoceros, stepped on an industrial scale, while Whipsnade Zoo’s smallest residents, such as the butterflies or the critically endangered wolf spiders, required extra sensitive equipment to weigh them accurately.

A large-scale operation is underway at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo as keepers persuade thousands of animals, including 14-year-old bull elephant Ming Jung, to step on the scales for the zoo’s annual weigh-in

Beluki, a 26-year-old female greater one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) stepped on an industrial scale

Beluki, a 26-year-old female greater one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) stepped on an industrial scale

Newcomer aardvarks Nacho and Terry took part in the annual weigh-in for the first time, as did three-month-old endangered northern rockhopper penguin Dobby, who hatched in May.

Endangered Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) Ming Jung was lured over his mammoth scales – placed in the path between his bedroom and outdoor pasture – while consuming his favorite healthy snacks. The 14-year-old bull elephant clocked a healthy 4150 kg.

The weights and dimensions of the animals are recorded in a database called the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS), which allows zookeepers around the world to compare important information about thousands of endangered species.

A ring-tailed lemur was tempted with food while being weighed by caretaker Jane Storr at the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable

A ring-tailed lemur was tempted with food while being weighed by caretaker Jane Storr at the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable

Whipsnade Zoo's smallest inhabitants, such as the butterflies or the critically endangered desert wolf spiders (Hogna ingens), required extra sensitive equipment to weigh them accurately

Whipsnade Zoo’s smallest inhabitants, such as the butterflies or the critically endangered desert wolf spiders (Hogna ingens), required extra sensitive equipment to weigh them accurately

Newcomer Aardvarks Nacho and Terry took part in the annual weigh-in for the first time since arriving at the zoo

Newcomer Aardvarks Nacho and Terry took part in the annual weigh-in for the first time since arriving at the zoo

The ring-tailed lemur was more than happy to be weighed cheaper by the zoo in exchange for some treats

The ring-tailed lemur was more than happy to be weighed cheaper by the zoo in exchange for some treats

Other newcomers to the weigh-in include the three-month-old endangered northern rockhopper penguin (Eudyptes moseleyi), Dobby, which hatched in May.

Other newcomers to the weigh-in include the three-month-old endangered northern rockhopper penguin (Eudyptes moseleyi), Dobby, which hatched in May.

Dobby the Penguin was hand fed by dedicated caregivers when her parents were unable to care for her

Dobby the Penguin was hand fed by dedicated caregivers when her parents were unable to care for her

Sweet Aardvark Nacho enjoyed a treat while being weighed by zoo keepers

Sweet Aardvark Nacho enjoyed a treat while being weighed by zoo keepers

Matthew Webb, chief of zoological operations, said: ‘All of our animals at the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo are regularly weighed and measured, but the annual weigh-in is an opportunity to review the information we’ve recorded and make sure it’s up to date. date. date and accurate.

“With so many animals with different personalities, zookeepers must devise creative tactics to get them on the scale, from luring a 4,150 kg, endangered Asian elephant like Ming Jung onto the scale in exchange for his favorite vegetables, to encouraging from a ring-tailed lemur to bouncing on the scales for a juicy, sweet pepper.”

In addition to being an important gauge of animal welfare, keepers can use regular weight checks and waist measurements to identify pregnant animals, many of which are endangered species that are part of the zoo’s international breeding programs.

The penguins waited patiently in an ordered line to step on the scale one by one

The penguins waited patiently in an ordered line to step on the scale one by one

The cute penguins stayed on the scales until the zoo keeper noted their weight and rewarded them with a treat

The cute penguins stayed on the scales until the zoo keeper noted their weight and rewarded them with a treat

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is best known for its own hulking beasts that graze huge enclosures, such as the zoo’s two herds of prehistoric-looking rhinoceroses. The zoo is home to over 10,000 amazing animals, including a herd of Asian elephants.

Whipsnade proudly helps protect endangered species and has contributed to the reintroduction of extinct wild species such as the Przewalski horse, and through their entrance fee, each visitor contributes to ZSL’s global conservation work for animals and their habitats.

Families can see who’s best at stalking like a tiger, solving puzzles like a chimpanzee, digging like a meerkat, remembering like an elephant and taking on the giant inflatable boat for the Ultimate Showdown, at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s Ultimate Animal Challenge, which runs until Sunday, Sept.

Whipsnade Zoo's smallest inhabitants, such as spiders and beetles, required extra sensitive equipment to weigh them accurately

Whipsnade Zoo’s smallest inhabitants, such as spiders and beetles, required extra sensitive equipment to weigh them accurately

A scorpion was weighed in a transparent bowl placed on the scales by the zookeeper

A scorpion was weighed in a transparent bowl placed on the scales by the zookeeper

In addition to being an important indicator of animal welfare, keepers can use regular weight checks and waist measurements to identify pregnant animals

In addition to being an important indicator of animal welfare, keepers can use regular weight checks and waist measurements to identify pregnant animals

They lure the creatures to the scales with their favorite treats to record their weight annually

They lure the creatures to the scales with their favorite treats to record their weight annually

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