Zoos and Aquariums All Party Parliamentary Group
The group was formed in 2007 to promote and further the conservation work of zoos and aquariums through education, understanding and habitat protection. The group was reconstituted in June 2010 with Andrew Rosindell MP as chair.
This group is supported by BIAZA. The group holds several meetings per year and an annual parliamentary reception in the Palace of Westminster. Other meetings are held during the year. Past meetings have been on the contribution of zoos and aquariums to the Year of the Forest and living with palm oil production: conservation in the British Overseas Territories. In 2011-2012 meetings covered the Lighter Later Campaign, the conservation of apes, particularly in South East Asia and the sustailable use of oil palm Joint meetings have been held with the Overseas Territories All Party Group. In January 2013 BIAZA held an exhibiton in the Upper Waiting Room of the Palace of Westmister on the conservation and education work of its members. There was a trip to Sea Life London Aquarium and a meeting in March on Gibraltar and the conservation of the Barbary macaque in Morocco. A very successful lunch for Parliamentarians was held in Westminster in October 2012 where MPs advised the Association on political strategy.
An adjournment debate on the role of zoos in regional economic development took place in December 2011 and the Hansard text can be downloaded here (pdf)
A debate on zoos was held by Lord Harrison in the Lords on 8 October 2012. The report can be downloaded here (pdf)
Messages are given to MPs, through the group as to how they can assist zoos and aquariums in their important work.
Click here to view the 2011 Parliamentary Reception message.
Click here to view the 2012 Parliamentary Reception message.
Click here to view the 2013 Parliamentary Reception message
Click here to view the 2014 Parliamentary Reception message
For more details about the group visit the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) website