New report demonstrates crucial role of zoos and aquariums in protecting UK native wildlife - British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA)

Conservation is under pressure in the pandemic, but in England the UK Government’s Zoo Animal Fund which closes today (26 February) hasn’t covered essential zoo and aquarium conservation work.

A new report published today by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) shows how zoos and aquariums are playing an important role in some of the biggest conservation success stories in the country including beaver and chough reintroductions. However, the impact of the coronavirus has been devastating for zoos and, with no Government support many of these conservation projects face threats to their own survival.

‘In Our Hands’ examines the extraordinary conservation outputs of just nine of BIAZA’s members, including ZSL London Zoo, Chester Zoo and The Deep aquarium.

The report shows:

In the case of some projects, species such as beavers and storks are being reintroduced to the UK after hundreds of years of absence, with the support of zoos and their partners. A process which might seem simple but takes years of work from dedicated conservationists.

Click here to download the report In Our Hands. (PDF)

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