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Jun 18, 2012

BIAZA Keepers of the Wild Launched

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.

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