The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the charity that owns Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park wins top award at the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums awards.
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) enjoyed a good night at the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) awards.
RZSS owns and operates Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park and the charity took the top award in the conservation breeding category for its Polynesian tree snails – also known as the Partula snail.
Director of BIAZA Miranda Stevenson said: “The BIAZA awards highlight the crucial work carried out in zoos and aquariums. All of this year’s award-winning projects showed 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.”
On top of that award, the charity was also highly commended in recognition for its ground-breaking work on significant advances in zoo and wildlife medicine; primarily the welfare advantages of keyhole surgery in Asiatic black bears from illegal bile farming in Cambodia and Vietnam.
Darren McGarry, head of animals at Edinburgh Zoo, said: “I am delighted we have been awarded this fantastic accolade for conservation breeding – as a conservation charity, this is at the very core of what we stand for.
“It is a huge achievement for all of us and I am truly thrilled.
“We have also the doubly good news of receiving a commendation for our veterinary efforts as well. RZSS has a very talented veterinary team dedicated to providing the best health care possible. It’s wonderful that our work has been recognised by BIAZA.”