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Chairman's Note

Welcome to the BIAZA website – the gateway to the best zoos and aquariums in Britain and Ireland.  Whether you are one of our professional members seeking details on animal husbandry or our latest events, or an animal lover keen to learn more about animals or find your local zoo then the information is here for you.

Zoos and aquariums have a unique and compelling role to play in our modern world. In a global society which is now officially urban, people are becoming increasingly divorced from nature, zoos can reconnect people to nature and inspire respect and admiration for animals.  Zoos are powerful guardians of animals and catalyse and support major conservation initiatives.

But do all zoos do this?   As far as BIAZA member zoos are concerned then we do. BIAZA insists upon the highest standards of care and welfare of animals. Over 1.2 million people attend BIAZA zoos for education sessions each year. BIAZA zoos are involved in some 600 field conservation projects valued at £10 million worth of direct conservation spend. Over 24 million people visit a BIAZA each year and with this figure increasing year upon year it demonstrates the value and integrity of BIAZA zoos.

So if you want to visit a good zoo or aquarium visit and support a BIAZA collection. I hope you find the information on this website valuable and I know you will have an amazing visit to your local BIAZA zoo. 

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