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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.

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.


Rare zebra makes zoo debut

A rare baby zebra has taken her first public steps at Whipsnade zoo.

The Grevy's Zebra foal was born just three-weeks-ago and is already geting to grips with the rest of the herd.

She is the 27th foal to be born at the Zoo as part of a European Endangered Species Programme and is an important addition to the species which is classified as 'Endangered'.

Zoo to benefit from Lynx effect

Whipsnade Zoo celebrate the arrival of three lynx kittens.

The three female kittens were born in June but have now just begun to explore their new surroundings.

The triplets are the second litter to be born to Whipsnade’s rare European Lynx – one of Europe’s largest predators. They were born blind and helpless, weighing between 8.5oz and 15oz and will reach adult-size at around two-years-old.

New arrival at Whipsnade Zoo

Chloe the sitatunga Credit: Whipsnade Zoo

Keepers at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire are bottle feeding a newly born sitatunga.

Seven-week-old Chloe is being given the milk to supplement the milk provided by her mother.

Sitatunga (Tragelaphus spekii) are swamp-dwelling antelope found throughout Central Africa.

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