Showcasing the science behind Britain’s zoos and aquariums

Posted: 20th September, 2017

BIAZA will be heading to New Scientist Live – a national festival of science taking place at London’s ExCeL from Thursday 28 September to Sunday 1 October.

BIAZA will be showcasing the science that underpins the vital research and conservation work carried out by the UK’s top zoos and aquariums. Visitors will be able to get hands on with a range of interactive exhibits, from conservation breeding programme management, to trying their hands at the veterinary tests that aid conservationists in the field.

The research carried out by BIAZA zoos and aquariums encompasses a huge range of scientific disciplines from nutrition to veterinary science, reproductive physiology to animal behaviour, with the knowledge gained benefitting animals in the wild as well as those in their care. To demonstrate the breadth of this work, BIAZA will be joined at the show by members Chester Zoo, The Deep, Zoological Society of London (ZSL), and Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT) - who will exhibit their work within three engaging zones: The Science of Conservation Breeding; The Science of Field Conservation; and The Science of Animal Care.

“Our modern zoos and aquariums are the unsung scientific institutions of the UK,” explains Dr Kirsten Pullen, CEO of BIAZA. “Many people are unaware just how much science goes on behind the scenes - from the engineering and physics behind the latest enclosure designs, to ways in which existing digital technology can be repurposed to support field conservation.  New Scientist Live provides us with an exciting opportunity to showcase our work and demonstrate our commitment to conservation.”

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