In Pictures: Counting the animals at London Zoo

The annual count of animals is under way at London Zoo as keepers take stock after four meerkats and an aardvark died in a fire before Christmas.

The zoo reopened on Christmas Eve, but the stocktake - originally set for January 2 - was postponed until this week to "get more staff involved" and give the zoo more planning time.

ZSL London Zoo annual stocktake
More than 19,000 individual animals are counted in the annual stocktake (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)
ZSL London Zoo annual stocktake
Max the eagle owl gets wise (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)
ZSL London Zoo annual stocktake
Keeper Zu Zanna takes it easy with the penguins (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)
ZSL London Zoo annual stocktake
Tony Cholerton puts up with no monkey business (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)
ZSL London Zoo annual stocktake
Zookeepers count up during feeding time and take a microchip reading (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)
ZSL London Zoo annual stocktake
Laura Carrigan goes back to basics to count the lemurs (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)
ZSL London Zoo annual stocktake
Collette Gibbings counts moon jellyfish (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)
ZSL London Zoo annual stocktake
An Asiatic lion checks the final figures at ZSL London Zoo (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)
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