SLIDESHOW: Really wild stock taking

From Amur Tigers to Yellow Mongoose, staff at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park have been busy counting all of their creatures in a painstaking animal audit.

The annual official stock-take, which is required by law and took almost a month to complete, logged the wide range of animals that call the Yorkshire Wildlife Park home.

The annual animal count gets underway at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

The annual animal count gets underway at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

The census presented a variety of challenges for the rangers, with the park’s unique collection of some of the most endangered and beautiful animals in the world.

Park director Cheryl Williams said it was ‘vital’ the information collated during the stock-take was completely accurate, because it will be shared into a global database of zoos.

“We are delighted to say that all our animals have stood up and been counted,” said Cheryl.

She added: “It’s just like a stock-take you get in a warehouse – but trickier when the stock is on the move! It is a huge task and means a very busy start to 2014 during which some species present a challenge to our staff.

“All zoos have to complete the official stock-take in January so that it provides a snap shot of the location of the animal population for the record.

“Of course, we know every day from our checks that we have the right number of animals at the park!”

The official inventory, which is required by law under the Zoo Licensing Act and for the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums, logged the incredible range of animals that call the Branton-based wildlife park home - from African Painted Dogs to Meerkats.

The data is held on the International Species Information System, and is used by managers of international breeding programmes to see the location of animals in the programmes and by researchers to assess the longevity and health of the animals in captivity.

It is one of the biggest and most important tasks of the year.

The International Species Information System central database contains information on over 1.65 million zoological animals - approximately 10,000 species in 72 countries.

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