Markus Wilder

BIAZA Annual Awards 2020 winners announced

Posted: 13th September, 2020

BIAZA is proud to announce the winners of the annual BIAZA awards for 2020, during an unprecedented year for zoos and aquariums.  

The winners showcase a huge range of important and exciting projects worked on by BIAZA zoos and aquariums, and the annoucement comes at an immensely challenging time for these conservation organisations - after months of closures they are fighting to recover from the impacts of the Coronavirus.  

The winning projects cover a range of ten different categories, with awards being announced each week during the month of September via the BIAZA Facebook page.

Winners can be found below:

Animal Husbandry, Care and Breeding Category:

  • Belfast Zoo – “François’ Langur: Breeding Success” – BRONZE
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens – “Breeding success in a captive born generation of pygmy slow loris” – BRONZE
  • Wildwood Trust – “Rehabilitating two rescued European Brown Bears through captive torpor, a natural environment and social integration.” – SILVER
  • ZSL London Zoo – “Husbandry advances for tree monitors” – SILVER
  • Shaldon Wildlife Trust, Wildplanet Trust – Newquay Zoo, Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens – “Operation Save Our Civets – BIAZA zoos collaborating to conserve an endangered species” – SILVER
  • Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust/Chester Zoo – “Development of a novel anaesthesia technique in a critically endangered anuran: Mountain chicken frog (Leptodactylus fallax)” – GOLD
  • Twycross Zoo – “An institutional development programme to advance wound management in primates via positive reinforcement training” – GOLD
  • Chester Zoo – “A holistic approach to improving Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros) care & breeding at Chester zoo.” – GOLD


Behaviour and Welfare Category:

  • Wildwood Trust – “Comparing the frequency of stereotypical behaviour in captive brown bears Ursus arctos arctos at the Wildwood Trust.” – BRONZE
  • Twycross Zoo – “Zoo keepers develop Qualitative Behaviour Assessment as a welfare assessment tool at Twycross Zoo” – SILVER
  • Paradise Wildlife Park – “Utilising Control as a Primary Reinforcer in the Husbandry and Presentation of Raptor Species” – SILVER
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens – “CENTROP Improvements” – SILVER
  • ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo – “Development of an events monitoring programme” – GOLD
  • ZSL London Zoo – “Giving Okapi Okapia johnstoni choice in exhibit utilisation throughout a 24-hour period:  its effect on behaviour, stereotyping and enclosure usage.” – GOLD


Conservation Category:

  • Twycross Zoo – “Capacity building and first successful reintroduction of Geoffroy's spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) in Belize” – SILVER
  • Chester Zoo – “Nature Reserve at Chester Zoo” – SILVER
  • Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, WWT Slimbridge – “Saving the Madagascar pochard” – GOLD
  • Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust – “The Agile Frog Project – ensuring the future of a local amphibian species on Jersey” – GOLD


Education Category:

  • Belfast Zoo – “Science Behind the Zoo” – BRONZE
  • The Deep – “IUCN Red List assessment training for University of Hull” - BRONZE
  • Paradise Wildlife Park – “HEART Project” – Bronze
  • Wildwood Trust – “Night Tours” – BRONZE
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park – “Employability Day” – SILVER
  • RZSS – “Biodiversity (Secondary Lesson)” – SILVER
  • Knowsley Safari – “Zoo-scription: Safari Park Health Initiatives” – SILVER
  • Twycross Zoo – “Training the next generation of wild animal health professionals” - SILVER
  • ZSL London Zoo – “Leonard Cheshire and ZSL 'Can Do' Programmes Collaboration” - SILVER
  • Galway Atlantaquaria – “One Small Change” – GOLD
  • Blackpool Zoo – “Future Zoo” – GOLD
  • Galway Atlantaquaria, Tayto Park, Dublin Zoo, Secret Valley Wildlife Park, Fota Wildlife Park, Oceanworld Dingle – “National STEM Collaboration; working together to promote BIAZA Conservation Education to the Junior Cycle Teachers in Ireland.” – GOLD


Exhibits Category:

  • Twycross Zoo – “Return of the Tigers” – BRONZE
  • Paradise Wildlife Park – “Lion Pride Lands” – BRONZE
  • Shaldon Wildlife Trust – “Margay Enclosure Redevelopment” – BRONZE
  • ZSL London Zoo – “Project Blossom” – SILVER
  • Woodside Wildlife Park – “Endeavour – A Journey of Discovery” – SILVER
  • Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust – “Butterfly Kaleidoscope” – SILVER


Horticulture Category:

  • Chester Zoo – “The Plant Project” – GOLD
  • ZSL London Zoo – “Land of the Lions Landscaping” – GOLD


Research Category:

  • Knowsley Safari – “The Impact of a Safari Educator on School Groups Visiting a Safari Park” – BRONZE
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens – “Disease risk assessment and production of a pre-export quarantine protocol for the translocation of European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) pink pigeons (Nesoenas mayeri) to Mauritius” – SILVER
  • ZSL London Zoo – “Impacts of UVB provision on serum vitamin D3, pigmentation, growth rates and total body mineral content in Mallorcan midwife toad larvae (Alytes muletensis)” – SILVER
  • Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust – “A broad-scale genetic assessment to guide the recovery of the Critically Endangered Bojer’s skink” – GOLD
  • ZSL London Zoo – “Amphibian conservation on the roof of Indochina” – GOLD


Sustainability Category:

  • Shepreth Wildlife Park – “Cambridge Plastic Pledge” - SILVER
  • Tilgate Nature Centre - “Sustainability at Tilgate Nature Centre – STAR (Switch To A Reusable) and Zoostainability” – GOLD


PR, Marketing and Digital Events Category

  • Paradise Wildlife Park – “Drive 4 Wildlife” – BRONZE
  • Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm – “Christmas Tree Recycling” – BRONZE
  • Newquay Zoo, Wild Planet Trust – “From Bear Pits to Anniversary Beer “Then and Now”: NZ50 celebrating Newquay Zoo’s 50th Anniversary May 2019” – BRONZE
  • Blackpool Zoo – “Elefest” – SILVER
  • Longleat Safari – “Longleat Mobile App” – SILVER
  • Jersey Zoo – “Go Wild Gorillas” – GOLD


Professional Capacity Building Category

  • Chessington Zoo – “Crisis Management & Emergency Response in Zoos Conference” – BRONZE
  • Implementation of a ZIMS training programme to improve perceptions of data and quality of recording - BRONZE
  • ZSL Whipsnade Zoo – “Animal records capacity building at two animal rescue centres in Cuc Phuong, Vietnam.” – SILVER
  • Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust – “Building in-country capacity for successful callitrichid conservation in Brazil” – SILVER


Outstanding Achievement Award:

  • John Partridge
  • Jo Limmer


Rising Star Award:

  • Beau-Jensen McCubbin


Congratulations to all!