It’s as easy as one, two, three

WHEN Whipsnade Zoo opened its doors as Europe’s first open zoological park in May 1931, it had just eight animals – two Amherst pheasants, a golden pheasant and five red jungle fowl.

But, eight decades later, it now boasts more than 4,000 creatures, great and small.

And this week keepers started the 80th anniversary year with the annual New Year stocktake.

Clipboards to hand staff counted the animals two by two. which included tallying the Egyptian tortoises, Hercules beetles and baby elephant George.