ZSL London Zoo just held its yearly weigh-in of all of its residents. With 17,000 animals under its care, the check-up is a monumental undertaking but, luckily for us, one the facility has fun documenting.
Weight, the zoo explains in its videos, is a key indicator of the health of an animal. Staff at the site are always monitoring their non-human guests, but the annual look is a great way to make sure their numbers from other check-ins are accurate. That way, if anything looks off in the weight data, staff can consider dietary changes to the animals.
Too, it can be a quick hint to staff members that an animal might be pregnant -- always handy to know, especially when dealing with endangered species.
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"This information helps us to monitor their health and their diets, and by sharing the information with other zoos and conservationists worldwide, we can use this knowledge to better care for all our animals," noted the zoo's zoological manager Mark Habben, in a statement.
The information-sharing to which he refers is ZIMS (Zoological Information Management System), a database maintained by zoos all over the world. Zoos log all of their animals' information in the system, allowing member facilities to learn from each others' methods and to share real-time tips on what type of care is working best for a given species.
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Here the zoo shares a look at squirrel monkeys, owls, spiders, camels, lions, tigers, and an amusing peek at two new Humboldt penguin chicks getting their first weigh-ins. The flightless birds can't help but look fun and goofy stepping up to the scales.