Drusillas keepers take stock of task at Sussex zoo

The Argus: Drusillas keepers take stock of task at Sussex zoo Drusillas keepers take stock of task at Sussex zoo

Zoo keepers will be getting their abacuses out to count the animals at their attractions in an annual survey.

Staff at Drusilla’s Park near Alfriston are having to take stock of the 1,000 or so animals and 138 species at the animal park.

The laborious process will be a busy one this year with the zoo greeting new arrivals through 2012 including black lemur, colobus monkey, prairie dog, flamingo and penguin babies.

The counting process, which could last throughout the month, includes accounting for every animal including hundreds of hissing cockroaches which will be cleared out of their enclosure while it is cleaned and then counted back in.

The count is a legal requirement for members of the British and Irish Association of Zoo and Aquariums which also includes Tilgate Nature Centre and WWT Arundel in Sussex.

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3:41pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Sussex jim says...

Back in 1974 I heard someone from Eastbourne complaining that he visited Drusillas with his family, and concluded that it would have been cheaper to have gone to Chessington Zoo for the day.
I have just checked the web,and it will cost about £60 for a 2+2 family from March onwards!
Back in 1974 I heard someone from Eastbourne complaining that he visited Drusillas with his family, and concluded that it would have been cheaper to have gone to Chessington Zoo for the day. I have just checked the web,and it will cost about £60 for a 2+2 family from March onwards! Sussex jim

1:21pm Sun 6 Jan 13

The Real Phil says...

They did tend to price themselves out of the popular maket when they started to compare themselves to Legoland as a family day out.
A few years ago it got worse when they took an anti disability stand by restricting the use uf their group passes for disabled groups (after they had sold them).
Shame really as it is a nice little diversion for younger families, though I do find it a bit strange that they are not quite sure how many animals they do have.
They did tend to price themselves out of the popular maket when they started to compare themselves to Legoland as a family day out. A few years ago it got worse when they took an anti disability stand by restricting the use uf their group passes for disabled groups (after they had sold them). Shame really as it is a nice little diversion for younger families, though I do find it a bit strange that they are not quite sure how many animals they do have. The Real Phil

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