Our three baby capybaras have been microchipped by keepers.
The females, who are the offspring of dad, Pumpkin and mum, Peanut are tagged for identification purposes.
Using the exact method as microchipping for pet dogs and cats, a tiny chip containing a unique code is inserted under the skin.
As the capybaras all look the same, the chip allows keepers to correctly identify each one by simply scanning it using a handheld machine.
This helps keepers keep track of behaviour, diet, health and medication for each individual animal.
Microchipping is not the only identification method used across the site.
Keeper Jay Haywood, explained: “Most of the animals can be simply spotted through facial features and body markings, such as the giraffes whose markings never change, while others like the penguins are fitted with arm bands.
“We also use ear tags on animals such as the reindeer, because although they can be easily recognisable, their markings change every year with their annual moult of antlers and fur.”
Every animal has its own record book where information is updated weekly and collated by Registrar and Research Co-ordinator, Dr David Beeston, to ensure all data is to hand if required by keepers or the zoo’s vet.
CAPTION: Registrar and Research Co-ordinator, Dr David Beeston, uploads this week’s data on to DZG’s global system.