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Aug 20, 2012

Ten of Britain’s best zoos and aquariums have joined forces to ensure the survival of one of the UK’s rarest and most spectacular arachnids – the fen raft spider.

Aug 14, 2012

The British and Irish Association for Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), which promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums, has compiled a list of the top ten species most reliant on zoos in the UK and Ireland.

Animals on the very brink of extinction including a leopard, a lemur, an oddly named frog and even a tree have all made it into the top ten, highlighting some of the best examples of how zoos are safeguarding the future of our planet’s wildlife and their habitats.

Jul 6, 2012

If you want to get a sense of what the UK is like, go to the zoo! This was the message conveyed to MPs at this year’s BIAZA parliamentary reception.


Jun 21, 2012

THE race is on to discover as many types of wildlife as possible in 24 hours.

Zoos across the UK and Ireland will be taking part in Bioblitz events throughout June; working against the clock to spot and record as many kinds of plants, animal and fungi as possible within a marked area over a 24-hour period.

Jun 19, 2012

FEEDING a penguin or tickling a tapir are no doubt incredible experiences for zoo visitors, but what is the effect on the animal and how close is too close? These are some of the questions raised at the 2012 BIAZA Annual Conference.


Jun 18, 2012

SOME of the country’s best zoos are highlighting the fact that animal keeping goes far beyond the grounds of the zoo.

The Keepers of the Wild initiative was launched on Friday (June 15) by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and international conservation charity, the World Land Trust (WLT), demonstrating how zoo keepers are not only caring for animals in zoos, but protecting endangered species and their habitats around the world.

Jun 8, 2012
MORE than £100,000 has been raised for ape conservation – yet another reason to Love Your (BIAZA) zoo!
May 16, 2012

ZOOS and aquariums across the country will be raising their glasses after an inspirational member of the zoo community picked up an OBE for her services to wildlife and conservation.

Miranda Stevenson, executive director of BIAZA (the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) was handed the prestigious award by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace yesterday (May 15).

Apr 26, 2012
The Born Free Foundation, which launched its EU Zoo Inquiry on Tuesday (April 24) claim that many, if not most, of Europe’s zoos are failing to meet European standards and adequately care for their animals.  This is categorically not true of BIAZA members.

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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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