Animal stock-take conundrum solved the old fashioned way!

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When it came to Blackpool Zoo’s annual stock-take, in which all 1,500 residents need be counted, re-counted and counted again, Animal Manager Peter Dillingham just couldn’t decide which method of adding up was best.

He had to choose between his trusty abacus, which he used when he started his career over 30 years ago, and the more modern calculator.

Using the age-old method of spilt testing, he sent half of his keepers out with his abacus and the rest took off with calculators in hand.

After a very busy week the results are in, but what did he go for? Option A the abacus or option B the calculator.....or a sneaky third option that he has called on time and time again. Watch this video to find out...


Blackpool Zoo is reopening on Monday 12th April!

The government has announced that the outdoor areas of zoos will be allowed to reopen on Monday 12th April 2021.  

We will not be allowed to open most indoor areas: the indoor eating area of the cafe is closed, as are the indoor viewing area of animal houses including elephants, big cats, giraffes, small primates, gorillas and orangutans.  These animals all have access to their outdoor enclosures.

A full list of restrictions and measures in place can be found here.  Please ensure you read them before you book your tickets as they are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

We really look forward to welcoming you back to Blackpool Zoo.

Stay safe everyone.