The annual stocktake at the Horniman Museum & Gardens in Forest Hill, south east London, isn’t quite as simple as 1,2,3, since it involves counting furry, finned and flying residents from fish to bees and even a cheeky alpaca.

The Horniman Museum and Gardens opened in 1901 as a gift to the people from tea trader and philanthropist Frederick John Horniman. Today the Horniman has a collection of 350,000 objects, specimens and artefacts from around the world. Its galleries include natural history, music and an acclaimed aquarium, as well as display gardens set among 16 acres of green space.

The count – an annual requirement of the attraction’s zoo licence – requires a different technique for each type of creature (feeding-time helps enormously). The Horniman has released a series of photos documenting the stocktake and the animal antics that helped or hindered the count…

All images courtesy The Horniman Museum & Gardens


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