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.
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 list drawn up by BIAZA to highlight the conservation work of zoos includes the Grevy's zebra, a species found in northern Kenya which was at risk of an anthrax outbreak.
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.
MORE than 40 delegates from across the UK descended on Dudley Zoo as it hosted the annual BIAZA
(British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) presenters' conference.
The project gained a prestigious BIAZA
(British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) award for the innovative work we do with this rare species.
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.