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|Title:||New Year Stock Take|
|Author:||Yorkshire Wildlife Park |
|ID & Publication:||20140211006 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
Staff at award winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park started the New Year – by painstakingly counting all the animals.
In an annual stock take lasting most of January, staff also took the opportunity to gather vital statistics of the animals for their records.
The census presents a variety of challenges for the rangers with YWP’s unique collection of some of the most endangered and beautiful animals in the world.
From a tiger’s paw to a meerkat’s tail, a whole range of data was recorded.
The annual official inventory, required by law under the Zoo Licensing Act and for the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums logged the incredible range of animals – from African Painted Dogs to Amur Tigers and Leopards to Meerkats and Yellow Mongoose - at YWP in Doncaster.
The data, held on the International Species Information System is used by managers of the international breeding programmes to see the location of animals in the programmes and by researchers to assess the longevity and health of the animals in captivity. It is one of the biggest and most important tasks of the year.
The ISIS central database contains information on over 1.65 million zoological animals - approximately 10,000 species in 72 countries.
‘It's just like a stock take you get in your warehouse – but trickier when the stock is on the move! It is a huge task and means a very busy start to 2014 during which some species present a challenge to our staff,’ says YWP Director Cheryl Williams.
‘We are delighted to say that all our animals have stood up and been counted!
‘It is vital that the information is completely accurate as it is collected and shared into a global database of responsible zoos which participate in animal exchange programmes as part of conservation efforts. All zoos have to complete the official stock take in January so that it provides a snap shot of the location of the animal population for the record. Of course, we know every day from our checks that we have the right number of animals at the Park! ‘
The busy start for the park comes after a recording breaking 435,000 people enjoyed YWP's unique walk through experience in 2013.
At YWP visitors come almost face to face with some of the most beautiful and at risk species in the world.
The Amur Tigers Vladimir and Sayan roam in Land of the Tigers while Leopard Heights, the world's largest and most spectacular leopard enclosure is home to 3 Amur Leopards, the most endangered big cat on the planet.
YWP, the UK's most acclaimed and fastest growing tourist attraction, has a unique collection of animals, including Giraffes, lions, Zebra, Ostrich and monkeys.
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