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All creatures great and small: Whipsnade's animal stock take

Staff counting Rockhopper penguins. Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Bedfordshire's Whipsnade Zoo now has more than 3,500 animals.

Zookeepers have just finished their annual 'stocktake' where they counted every creature big and small.

They looked at everything from seven curious squirrel monkeys to 281 deer of eight different species.

It took a week to complete and the information will be shared with other zoos around the world.

It's a huge task to count every animal at the zoo Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

The Zoo’s Southern white rhinos have been counted, as well as invertebrates, including ghost mantises and emperor scorpions, and over 60 species of birds, such as white-faced whistling ducks.

Look carefully, there is actually a Ghost Mantis on the piece of paper. Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

The annual audit takes keepers almost a week to complete and the information is shared with other zoos around the world via a database called Species360.

It's used to help manage the worldwide conservation breeding programmes for endangered animals.