It's been a busy week here at Blackpool Zoo as we've been doing our annual stock take. Each day our keepers are responsible for checking all of their animals, so we are constantly monitoring the number of animals in our care, but once a year we are required by our license to conduct a full census. The results of this are then logged into a central database, and the information can be shared with zoos around the world and used to manage international breeding programmes.
We’ve recently released the dates for our 2015 Keeper School courses. With three different levels, suitable for ages 8-17, these courses provide experience with zoo animals including reptiles, primates, large mammals and elephants. Our Keeper School courses provide the perfect first steps for anyone looking for a career working with animals.
We were delighted on the 11th June this year to welcome a pair of critically endangered Amur tiger cubs. Barney and Radzi, named after the Blue Peter presenters, were the first tiger cubs to be born at the zoo in over 17 years. Their parents, Zambar and Alyona, were only introduced to each other in late 2012, but have settled down well to family life.