Every animal at Britain’s ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is being measured and weighed in an annual check-in, with results being shared globally for animal research.
UK’s largest zoo measures 10,000 animals in their annual weigh-in
From weighing wolf spiders to measuring Ming Jung the Asian elephant, staff at the UK’s largest zoo have been carrying out their annual animal assessment.
The huge task saw Whipsnade zookeepers gently coax animals of all sizes, including aardvarks, rhinos and spiders to step onto the scales as they set about recording the vital statistics of the 10,000 residents.
One of the zoo’s larger residents, 26-year-old greater one-horned rhinoceros Beluki, stepped onto an industrial-sized weight scale after keepers enticed her with some fresh vegetables.
The zoo’s endangered Asian elephant called Ming Jung also had to be coaxed across the giant scales with the help of some of his favourite healthy snacks – where it was revealed that the 14-year-old weighs 4150kg.