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Animal count - taking stock at Chester Zoo

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Two Asian forest scorpions are counted - very carefully - at the start of Chester Zoo's 2016 creature census. Keepers have to take stock annually by law - and last year's tally found the zoo was home to 12,518 animals from 463 different species.

Take a look at some of the colourful creatures being counted this time around.

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Image caption Green crested lizard
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Image caption Keeper Sam Greenhill counts the mob of meerkats
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Image caption Turns out there are 16 of them
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Image caption Asian flower mantis
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Image caption Sun bear - Milli - is a recent arrival at the zoo
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Image caption Sulawesi crested macaque
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Image caption Borneo eared frog
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Image caption Caiman lizard
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Image caption Hong - a red panda cub
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Image caption Keeper Peter Watson adds Jung, a male red panda, to the list
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Image caption One of the zoo's three aardvarks
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Image caption Emerald tree skinks
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Image caption Another recent arrival at Chester - a naked mole rat
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Image caption Sengis - also known as a round-eared elephant shrew
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Image caption Rodrigues fruit bats
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Image caption A young chameleon forest dragon
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Image caption Jungle nymph

Read more about Chester Zoo's 2016 animal count.