BIAZABritish and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums
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Steven Sykes, Animal Resource Centre Manager at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, said: "We have worked very hard since opening three years ago to ensure that we meet the industry standards set by BIAZA.
Only two other colleges with zoological collections have been awarded the BIAZA status.
BALPPA and BIAZA will both contribute to the series of business focused presentations within the LIW seminar programme.
We are delighted to be working with BALPPA again, and with BIAZA for the first time this year" said David Sanvoisin, Event Manager of LIW.
Zara Gaspar, Communications manager at BIAZA said: "BIAZA is thrilled to be working with LIW.
Mr Sykes added: "The provisional membership of BIAZA, and the additional resources we have gained here, continues to strengthen our role in providing a realistic working environment for our students.
The critically-endangered San Martin titi monkey is not kept in zoos, but research and funding from zoos has supported the only conservation project for the species in its Peruvian habitat, influencing the designation of protected areas, BIAZA said.
Dr Andrew Marshall, of BIAZA's field programmes committee, who co-ordinated the compilation of the list, said: "Last year, BIAZA published a report on the top 10 species most reliant on zoos which highlighted the work being done by zoos across all taxonomic groups to help safeguard their survival.
Twycross Zoo, near Tamworth, was one of nine winners chosen from 72 entries for a BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) award.
The BIAZA awards recognise outstanding contributions and achievements in the fields of wildlife conservation, advances in animal welfare and husbandry, sustained breeding programmes, marketing, PR, education, research, enclosure design and individual outstanding achievement.
For more information log on to a website run by BIAZA - the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums - at www.