Jersey Zoo wins three Golds and one Silver at the National Zoo and Aquarium Awards
Jersey Zoo has been recognised for their work in several categories at the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) annual awards ceremony.
Our popular Keeper Talks received a Silver award for the important part they play in our education plan at the zoo. Then we received Golds for our local Conservation project 'Returning the red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) to Jersey’ and also our research project "Assessing the global zoo response to the amphibian crisis through 20 yr trends in captive collections".
In the photography awards, Jersey Zoo Staff Member Charles Wylie received a Gold Award in the Behind Scenes Category for his image entitled ‘Monitoring Livingstone's Fruit Bat flight’.
This year the photo competition was judged by TV presenter and cameraman Simon King. A keen photographer himself, Simon said, “Perhaps one of the most enduring and robust features of any zoological collection is the way humans and other animals interact on a personal level. Many of the images in this year’s BIAZA competition capture the essence of that relationship, and it is this that speaks volumes to the viewing audience through the power of imagery, where words may be left wanting”.
The winners of this year’s prestigious competition were announced at a special gala dinner event hosted by The Deep in Hull. Dr Lesley Dickie, Chief Executive Officer of Durrell attended the awards ceremony.
Dr Kirsten Pullen, CEO of BIAZA, said, “Our annual awards ceremony recognises excellence in the work being carried out by our zoos and aquariums as well as our associate members. Our community is committed to conservation, education, research, and having the highest levels of animal welfare and this is highlighted by the incredibly high standard of award submissions this year. I am delighted that Jersey Zoo has achieved so many awards this year”.