Wallabies are weighed and centipedes are measured while the wildlife park counts the animals

Wallabies are weighed and centipedes are measured as the wildlife park conducts its annual animal count – complete with a few soft hugs and LOTS of treats

  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park staff carried out the annual animal count
  • All 57 species of animals have their weight, height and length recorded
  • It is part of a program that generates a database of animal information from over 1,100 UK organizations for conservation and collaborative efforts.

From weighing wallabies to measuring centipedes, staff at Yorkshire Wildlife Park have carried out their annual animal count.

The 57 species in the measurement program had their vital statistics recorded over the course of seven days as part of a national animal audit.

The yearly task involves lots of treats and cajoling to document accurate numbers for the height, length and weight of the animals involved, resulting in some amazing pictures.

All types of animals, from centipedes to polar bears, are measured at home in Cantley Park, South Yorkshire.

Hamish, three, was the first polar bear to be born in the UK for 25 years

All types of animals are measured at their homes in Cantley Park, South Yorkshire

All types of animals are measured at their homes in Cantley Park, South Yorkshire

Hamish, three, was the first polar bear born in the UK for 25 years and has been with the program since birth. He currently weighs over 650 kg and is two and a half meters tall.

Thanks to its own Polar Bear Project, the park is now home to eight polar bears and is one of the world’s leading centers for animal welfare and conservation.

Several polar bear populations are at risk of declining due to threats such as climate change.

The park is also home to over 25 wallabies, all of which are measured by rangers.

The park is also home to over 25 wallabies, all of which are measured by keeper

The park is also home to over 25 wallabies, all of which are measured by keeper

The yearly task involves many treats and cajoling to document accurate numbers for the height, length and weight of the animals involved.

The yearly task involves many treats and cajoling to document accurate numbers for the height, length and weight of the animals involved.

The 57 species in the measurement program had their vital statistics recorded for a week

The 57 species in the measurement program had their vital statistics recorded for a week

The park preserves two species; Bennett’s and swamp wallabies, both native to Australia, can grow to just under a meter tall and weigh around 18 kg.

It is part of a national program that generates a database of animal information from over 1,100 zoos and organizations across the UK with the aim of strengthening collaboration and animal conservation.

The data feeds a global information bank that covers more than 22,000 species and 10 million animals.

The program is essential to conservation efforts.

Hamish currently weighs over 650kg and is two and a half meters tall

Hamish currently weighs over 650kg and is two and a half meters tall

The park preserves two species;  Bennett's and swamp wallabies, both native to Australia

The park preserves two species; Bennett’s and swamp wallabies, both native to Australia

Centipedes are also included in the park's annual animal count

Centipedes are also included in the park’s annual animal count

Charlotte MacDonald, director of animals at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, said: ‘It may be a test of our ingenuity, but the staff are expert in handling the animals and making sure they are comfortable while their measurements are taken and recorded.

“It can be difficult to get the wallabies to stay still for long enough and the giraffes are obviously a tall order, but the staff are very experienced, efficient and patient.”

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