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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.

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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.

Red panda twins venture outside

Rare red panda twins born at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire have taken their very first peek outside.

The pair, named Yin and Yang, were born in June but have stayed in their nest for the last few months.

The red panda twins Credit: Whipsnade Zoo

The Red Panda is listed as "vulnerable" and is thought to be under threat because of habitat loss in their native Nepal, with an estimated population of less than 10,000.

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