VISNEWS visited the London Zoo Dec 31 to film the keepers 'Annual Consternation'...end of year?
VISNEWS visited the London Zoo Dec 31 to film the keepers 'Annual Consternation'...end of year stocktaking. Everything from Ants to Zebras has to be carefully counted, checked and categorised. Long legged Flamingoes are shooed from Winter quarters -- baby blackfoot penguin 'Sputnik' looks out from his cage and registers his presence -- monkey cages are checked 'all present and correct'. The count proceeds smoothly through the small mammal house to the four lovable Coati-Mondi cubs - brought back from South America by David Attenborough - until the SKUNKS...who obviously object to the disturbance.
The last count, Dec 1957, showed the total value of stock at GBP100,000. During 1958 several additions were made. One of the most valuable additions was 'Chi-Chi' the giant Panda, purchased for GBP10,000.
Great re-building of pens and enclosures is being carried out all over the 33 1/4 acres covered by the Zoological Gardens. It is hoped to have the majority of them ready for the public opening in Summer.