Animal Care & Management

BIAZA zoos and aquariums are leading the way in animal care and management; from promoting high standards in the daily management of animals, to supporting and undertaking research to increase our understanding of animal welfare and how to best promote it.  

  • BIAZA's Living Collections Committee works to ensure high standards of animal welfare, husbandry and management in BIAZA member zoos and encourage such standards elsewhere.
  • BIAZA encourages and coordinates the production of species care sheets and guidelines for the Management and Welfare of Zoo Animals, a series of publications on how to care for different types of zoo and aquarium animals. These should ensure that the best methods are widely used, and that new developments are implemented quickly and effectively. These are available to members here on the website.
  • The BIAZA Research Committee coordinates research activities in zoos, organizes regular meetings and considers studies into welfare a priority.
  • Results from studies and the latest developments in environmental enrichment are published in scientific and professional journals, such as Shape of Enrichment , Ratel and the International Zoo Yearbook. These articles help influence zoo animal welfare worldwide.
    The Association of British Wild Animal Keepers (ABWAK) regularly runs well-attended workshops and conferences on subjects related to animal welfare. 


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