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Liz Corry

BIAZA Members' Conservation Outputs Revealed

Posted: 8th January, 2020

BIAZA is proud to announce its headline conservation outputs from across the BIAZA membership which have now been released.

The data was collected as part of the 2019 BIAZA annual questionnaire and conservation appendix. The questions recorded a variety of information on the different field conservation projects carried out by BIAZA members, including range countries, species and project partners. The outputs demonstrate some very impressive figures – including an overall monetary contribution of £24.5 million to field conservation, and support of over 800 projects.

Other significant numbers come in the form of species being worked to protect at 488, with a focus across both animals and plants – everything from African elephants (Elephas maximus) to Barberry carpet moths (Pareulype berberata) was included under the umbrella of species BIAZA members worked for. Conservation projects were also carried out in 105 different countries, with the top ten countries ranging from Madagascar, Vietnam, Brazil, Ireland and many others, which really helps display the breadth of global field work that BIAZA members are committed to. 47 members were also involved in native species projects based at home in the U.K, another key area of conservation.

The appendix also pulled together a list of all the project partners BIAZA members had worked with totalling 672, including a range of universities and conservation organisations across the globe. A list was also compiled of the huge range of methods besides financial input that BIAZA members had contributed, including providing staff skills and training, ex situ research, citizen science, equipment and supplies and raising awareness.

Compiling and summarising data such as this is no easy task, with BIAZA having over 120 zoo and aquarium members of all shapes and sizes. However, it is vital information such as this which helps to demonstrate all that can be achieved when brilliant conservation organisations work together. To have a look at some example conservation projects carried out by BIAZA members, please click here.

The BIAZA conservation outputs infographic can be downloaded by clicking below.

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