What is BIAZA?
The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) is the professional organization representing the zoo and aquarium community in Britain and Ireland. Founded in 1966 (as the Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland), it is a conservation, education and scientific wildlife charity. Today, almost all significant zoos and aquariums are members of BIAZA, which is their coordinating and representative voice.
Facts & Figures
- Around 25 million people visit BIAZA collections every year (one in three of the population of Britain and Ireland)
- More than 1,300,000 people (mainly children) come to BIAZA collections each year on an organized educational visit
- Over 700 projects involving research and training for research are carried out in BIAZA member collections each year, many of these measuring behaviour with the aim of improving animal welfare.
- BIAZA members support over 500 field conservation projects (including work on British and Irish native species) contributing over £14 million per year
Zoos and Aquariums make an important contribution to the national, regional and local economies. An Economic Impact Assessment shows that the direct output contributes almost three quarters of a billion in total activity. As significant visitor attractions, the spending by visitors in zoos and off-site is some £350 million per annum. Direct employment is 6,751 FTE, indirect and induced effects increase this to some 11,007 across the economy as a whole.
BIAZA is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales number 6789783, Registered Office Regents Park, London, NW1 4RY, Registered Charity Number 1128168 and SC040783 (Scotland).