There has been a rise in the number of conservation charities supporting Zoos in recent year. In this article we mention 3 of the more reputable ones - The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), WWF and The Vincent Wildlife Trusts.
The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA)
BIAZA is a registered charity that represents the aquarium and zoo community in Ireland and Britain. The charity was first established in 1996 and concentrates on education, scientific wildlife and conservation work. Their vision is to be a strong force in the care and conservation of our natural environment. BIAZA have several important aims: to motivate people to look after the earth’s natural environment; to actively take part in conservation programmes; to provide conservation research, education and training to a very high standard; to establish the best standards of animal welfare at all aquariums and zoos.
A major aspect of the work carried out by BIAZA is in relation to education, research and conservation roles of UK zoos. This involves the management of breeding programmes, offering assistance for species and habitat conservation out in the wild and providing inspiration to people about the beauty of wildlife and nature. To achieve their goal BIAZA sources help and support from various expert committees to share their knowledge and expertise with them, consequently improving the knowledge of their own members.
Nowadays, practically all major zoos and aquariums are BIAZA members and are represented and coordinated by them.
Figures & Facts
Approximately 25 million go and visit one of BIAZA's zoos each year. Over 1,300, 000 young children attend an educational session at a zoo. There are more than 700 training and research projects that take place by BIAZA members at their own zoos and aquariums, most of these analyse behaviour with an overall aim of enhancing the welfare of animals. BIAZA members currently assist more than 800 conservation projects out in the field and contribute in excess of £10 million each year.
Aquariums and Zoos make a significant contribution to local, regional and national economies. A BIAZ individual impact assessment has shown a total activity output contribution of around 3 quarters of a billion. Visitors spend approximately £350 million per year both on and off-site. The direct employment figure is 6,751(Full Time Employment), non-direct and induced outcomes increase this figure to around 11,007 in the economy overall.
The WWF is a leading conservation charity in the world that tackles the most important conservation issues the planet is faced with. The aim is to build a future where the natural world and humans flourish together. Hence, they are fanatical about distributing the world’s natural resources a lot more sustainably, and take strong action about climate change in addition to safeguarding threatened wildlife.
WWF spend a great deal of time cooperating with local communities, businesses and politicians in order to help find resolutions so that nature and people can thrive together. Their projects are collaborative, creative and scientifically validated. They are big thinkers. WWF run various international projects that focus on the areas and problems where they can make a significant impact – from the Amazon and Artic to sustainable fishing.
The Vincent Wildlife Trusts
The Wildlife Trust supports the recovery of wildlife and nature and strongly feels that they need opportunities and the space to do this. Therefore, they have established 47 individual trusts all over the UK that contain safeguarded wildlife areas and work with all their members, trustees and volunteers to make sure that the plant and animals living on their sites have the chance to thrive.
Their particular area of work is to carry out surveys to establish the existing status of a mammal in concern, conduct scientifically led research, publish all their findings and provide expert guidance to other people by giving real life demonstrations. Their own unique research has offered good solutions to local and international conservation challenges.