London Zoo has held its annual mass weigh-in on Tuesday August 25, with staff measuring the height and weight of more than 14,000 animals.
From camels to penguins to even corals, no animal was spared from the annual health check up.
The weigh-in allows zookeepers to keep up to date on the animals’ health information and ensure their vitals are steady.
The information is added to the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS), a database for zoos around the world that helps them compare information of endangered animals.
“By sharing information with other zoos and conservationists worldwide, we can all use this knowledge to better care for the species we’re striving to protect,” ZSL London Zoo’s Deputy Animal Manager, Daniel Simmons, said.
As animals have different personalities, zookeepers must get creative during the annual event.
They lured penguins and spider monkeys to the scales with tasty treats, while videos provided by ZSL London Zoo also showed zookeepers diving to measure the zoo’s critically endangered brain coral.
This year’s heaviest animal was Noemie, a female Bactrian camel who weighs 728kg, and the lightest animal was the leaf cutter ant, which weighs only 5 milligrams.
Here’s to the animals’ health for the next year!