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Last Updated: Wednesday January 05 2011 06:47 GMT

London Zoo keepers count their thousands of animals!

London Zoo annual animal count - squirrel monkeys

At London Zoo, all creatures great and small are counted at the beginning of the year to make sure they know exactly how many residents there are!

London Zoo annual animal count - squirrel monkeys

This lot are squirrel monkeys - looks like they know how to smile for the camera!

Dumeril's boa snake

This keeper is trying to count the snakes - imagine doing that with a Dumeril's boa wrapped around your shoulders!

London Zoo annual animal count - flamingos

Keepers are braving the cold to tot up more than 750 different species, including flamingos.

London Zoo annual animal count - llamas

"We need to know not just how many animals we've got, but also who we've got," the zoological director David Field said.

London Zoo annual animal count - locust

The information will be used to help a worldwide conservation effort because some of the zoo's animals are critically endangered species.

London Zoo annual animal count - meerkat

Thanks to the famous adverts, meerkats like this one get more visitors every year!

London Zoo annual animal count - train millipede

This train millipede looks a little bit slimy... would you want to hold it?!

London Zoo annual animal count - red-kneed bird-eating tarantula

Workers at London Zoo reckon the count will take a whole week and that the population will be a little bit higher than the 16,000 recorded last year.