Safari Park sanctioned following BIAZA investigation

Posted: 4th August, 2021

Today [04 August] BIAZA, the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums, has commented on the end of its’ investigation into complaints received against Blair Drummond Safari Park. The Safari Park was subject to BIAZA’s rigorous complaints procedure after serious concerns regarding animal welfare were first raised earlier this year (March 2021).

BIAZA found no ongoing animal welfare concerns, but that some procedures and processes at the park needed to improve. Therefore, BIAZA has issued Blair Drummond Safari Park with a sanction, placing them under mentorship to ensure these improvements are made and that the Park is achieving the expectations of BIAZA.

This sanction will require Blair Drummond to agree actions and timescales for improvements with an experienced CEO from the Sector, and will last for three years or until the mentor is satisfied sufficient progress has been made. If improvements fail to take place further sanctions may be applied, up to and including termination of BIAZA membership if appropriate.

Dr Jo Judge, CEO of BIAZA said “BIAZA is satisfied that there are no ongoing serious animal welfare concerns. Many of the complaints in this instance were historical incidents and we were pleased to find improvements have already been made to address them.”

Blair Drummond management and staff have cooperated fully with the investigation and with full transparency.

Judge continued: “BIAZA takes all complaints against our members seriously and fully investigate any substantiated claims. I am pleased that our robust and comprehensive whistleblowing procedure has been followed through to its conclusion and confident that the outcome is appropriate and proportional. The management team at Blair Drummond are very keen to ensure that their animal welfare is of the highest standard and welcome the opportunity to learn from a BIAZA mentor”.