Twycross Zoo received two top awards and three commendations from the zoo world last night following a prestigious awards ceremony held at ZSL London Zoo.
Twycross Zoo was commended in recognition for its ground-breaking work on:
Best Sustainable Zoo or Aquarium: Creation of Water Treatment Reedbed System and Associated Native Wildlife Habitat
Best Education Project: public and general visitor: Be A Friend To Animals: Brownies and Guides
Significant Advances in Husbandry and Welfare: Commendation for, the Integration of Chimpanzees into Larger Social Groups
Significant Advances in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Commendation for, the creation of an elderly healthcare regime to enhance the welfare of elderly animals within the collection
Best Education Project: schools and educational institutions: Commendation for, a Roots & Shoots programme
The certificates were presented to Sharon Redrobe by Lord Rupert Redesdale.
Sharon Redrobe, CEO, commented: “I’m absolutely delighted that we walked away with five certificates for a broad range of projects spanning the zoo’s varied activities, including education, animal management, veterinary care and our natural reedbed waste water system.”
Claire Oldham, Head of Discovery and Site Development, said: “We are thrilled to be recognised with this award for our educational work. Twycross Zoo educates thousands of children each year and we are always looking for new ways to do that. The sessions we designed in collaboration with Girlguiding UK have been amazingly popular with hundreds of girls having a great day out over the past year. A day at the zoo is great in itself but these sessions give the girls an opportunity to get really involved with what we do and get up close and personal to some of our animals!”
The Zoo was one of 12 winners chosen from 52 entries. Held annually for over a decade, the BIAZA awards recognise outstanding contributions and achievements in the fields of wildlife conservation, advances in animal welfare and husbandry, marketing, PR, education, research, and enclosure design.
Dr Charlotte Macdonald, Head of Life Sciences, added: “We are delighted to be recognised by our peers for our expertise in these areas. We have a very committed and dedicated team at Twycross Zoo, all of whom have contributed to these successes. This proves that we are a leading Zoo in the United Kingdom.”
Dr Kirsten Pullen, CEO of BIAZA said: “The annual BIAZA awards are a celebration of our achievements within the fields of conservation, education, research and animal welfare. The awards highlight the crucial work carried out in zoos and aquariums. All of this year’s award-winning projects show the exceptional contributions our members are making to wildlife conservation, animal husbandry and welfare, and public understanding for species both in the UK and overseas. We congratulate all the winners.”