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Policy Documents and Codes of Practice

Animal Transfer Policy

Disposal of Dead Stock

Euthanasia Policy

Guidelines on Disease Risk Protocols for New Stock

Institution Collection Planning (to be updated)

Policy on Surplus Animals

Sustainable Harvesting (under development)

Veterinary Guidance on the Transfer of Animals

Zoonotic Risk in Zoos

Lyssavirus Transmission Bats - Background briefing document to inform risk assessment on the potential for Lyssavirus transmission from bat exhibits in UK zoos.  

Animal Contact Guidelines

Use of Firearms

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Paignton Zoo's Great Big Rhino Project has made crucial donations of cash to wildlife conservation on two continents. The Project is to give £60,000 to support work in Africa and South East Asia to protect rhinos in the wild. More

Collaborative research by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Bristol Zoological Society and the Comorian NGO Dahari has revealed the Livingstone’s fruit bat is likely to be the most endangered fruit bat in the world. 


New data released by WWF and ZSL (Zoological Society of London) today reveals that overall global vertebrate populations are on course to decline by an average of 67 per cent from 1970 levels by the end of this decade, unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity’s impact on species and ecosystems.


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