Christmas comes early at Whipsnade

The chimps at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire got a Christmas treat this morning, waking up to wrapped presents in their enclosure.

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Whipsnade Zoo begins animal count

Keepers are counting more than 2,500 animals at Whipsnade Zoo including invertebrates, birds, fish, mammal, reptiles, and amphibians.

One of the zoo's elephants Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

The count is required as part of the zoo's license, and all of the information is logged into the International Species Information System where it is used to manage international breeding programmes for endangered animals.

Elephant art causing stampede

Asian elephant Karishma is being trumpeted as a big star in the art world. One of her paintings has been put up for auction on eBay to raise money for conservation projects. The 14-year-old animal lives at Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable in Bedfordshire. Previous works have raised £10,000.

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