[CBC뉴스] ZSL 런던 동물원 사육사들은 이번 주 영국 동물원의 연례 재고 조사를 시작했다.
최고운영책임자 Kathrn England에 따르면, 지난해는 코로나19로 인해 ZSL 런던 동물원의 200년 역사상 '가장 어려운 해'였다고 한다.
ZSL London Zookeepers began the count at the British zoo's annual stocktake this week.
With over 400 species to record, the count still took place behind closed doors in London's Tier 5 lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, in what has been "the most challenging year" of ZSL London Zoo's 200 history, according to Chief Operating Officer Kathyrn England. Lost ticket sales have impacted animal care and the zoo's global conservation efforts.
"We were shut down for over 18 weeks, costing us millions and millions of pounds. But now we are taking stock of what we have done and achieved this year, looking at the animals we have bred, counting them up and sharing our success globally, within our endangered species programme," England said.
From endangered Asiatic lions to critically endangered Chinese giant salamanders, the zookeepers have their work cut out.
"Counting 18,000 animals is quite a task. If you can imagine, for some keepers, maybe counting the giraffes is quite easy, they are quite large, but for some of our smaller stock like our invertebrate species, it can be quite a task. So, instead of counting them individually, we will count them in colonies, making it slightly easier," said England.
Part of the zoo's successful breeding programme of endangered species saw the arrival of many new animals, including Oni the okapi giving birth to a female calf called Ede in September. Sumatran tigress Gaysha arrived in mid December from Denmark to be reunited with her former mate, Asim, and was counted as a critically endangered species for the first time as part of the 2021 tally.
The annual stocktake of animals is submitted each year as part of the zoo's licence, but is also vital to record progress of and inform the international zoo community of the global conservation breeding work being carried out.
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