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9 Oct 2018 - Desertas wolf spider BPG

The EAZA Terrestrial Invertebrate Taxon Advisory Group is proud to announce the publication of the Best Practice Guidelines for the Desertas wolf spider (Hogna ingens).

EAZA Best Practice Guidelines are produced by the various TAGs to merge expert husbandry knowledge and make it widely available within and outside the borders of the EAZA community. The guidelines show best practice standards, which EAZA zoos aim at achieving. They have been compiled using a template and made user-friendly to facilitate reading and the finding of necessary information. The guidelines are of particular interest when building new enclosures, when deciding upon the nutrition of animals or when seeking information on the biology of the species. EAZA Members strive to house animals adequately to their needs and to give advice where needed to help further animal welfare. Please also check out the other EAZA Best Practice Guidelines and view the EAZA Standards for the Accommodation and Care of Animals in Zoos and Aquaria.

 
 
 

4 Oct 2018 - White rhino BPG

The EAZA Rhinoceros Taxon Advisory Group is proud to announce the publication of the Best Practice Guidelines for the White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum).

EAZA Best Practice Guidelines are produced by the various TAGs to merge expert husbandry knowledge and make it widely available within and outside the borders of the EAZA community. The guidelines show best practice standards, which EAZA zoos aim at achieving. They have been compiled using a template and made user-friendly to facilitate reading and the finding of necessary information. The guidelines are of particular interest when building new enclosures, when deciding upon the nutrition of animals or when seeking information on the biology of the species. EAZA Members strive to house animals adequately to their needs and to give advice where needed to help further animal welfare. Please also check out the other EAZA Best Practice Guidelines and view the EAZA Standards for the Accommodation and Care of Animals in Zoos and Aquaria.

 
 
 

12 Sept 2018 - Mangabey BPG

The EAZA Old World Monkey Taxon Advisory Group is proud to announce the publication of the Best Practice Guidelines for the Mangabey (Cercocebus spp., Lophocebus spp. and Rungwecebus spp.).

EAZA Best Practice Guidelines are produced by the various TAGs to merge expert husbandry knowledge and make it widely available within and outside the borders of the EAZA community. The guidelines show best practice standards, which EAZA zoos aim at achieving. They have been compiled using a template and made user-friendly to facilitate reading and the finding of necessary information. The guidelines are of particular interest when building new enclosures, when deciding upon the nutrition of animals or when seeking information on the biology of the species. EAZA Members strive to house animals adequately to their needs and to give advice where needed to help further animal welfare. Please also check out the other EAZA Best Practice Guidelines and view the EAZA Standards for the Accommodation and Care of Animals in Zoos and Aquaria.

 
 
 

5 Sept 2018 _ Manatee Best Practice Guidelines

The EAZA Marine mammal Taxon Advisory Group is proud to announce the publication of the Best Practice Guidelines for the Antillean manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus).

EAZA Best Practice Guidelines are produced by the various TAGs to merge expert husbandry knowledge and make it widely available within and outside the borders of the EAZA community. The guidelines show best practice standards, which EAZA zoos aim at achieving. They have been compiled using a template and made user-friendly to facilitate reading and the finding of necessary information. The guidelines are of particular interest when building new enclosures, when deciding upon the nutrition of animals or when seeking information on the biology of the species. EAZA Members strive to house animals adequately to their needs and to give advice where needed to help further animal welfare. Please also check out the other EAZA Best Practice Guidelines and view the EAZA Standards for the Accommodation and Care of Animals in Zoos and Aquaria.

 
 
 

30 August 2018 _ Zooquaria 101 is out

The issue 101 of Zooquaria is out today! 

Aiming at maintaining the highest care and population management standards as possible, our experts are constantly working on improved processes:
read about EAZA's BioBank, get updates from the new style Regional Collection Plan, have insights into the EAZA Accreditation Programme, review the latest conferences...

Discover Nausicaá - Centre National de la Mer's new facility and many more interesting topics!

 
 
 

16 August 2018 _ New EAZA Best Practice Guidelines

Our Taxon Advisory Groups (TAGs) have been very busy lately!

We are proud to announce the publication of three new Best Practice Guidelines:

EAZA Best Practice Guidelines are produced by the various TAGs to merge expert husbandry knowledge and make it widely available within and outside the borders of the EAZA community. The guidelines show best practice standards, which EAZA zoos aim at achieving. They have been compiled using a template and made user-friendly to facilitate reading and the finding of necessary information. The guidelines are of particular interest when building new enclosures, when deciding upon the nutrition of animals or when seeking information on the biology of the species. EAZA Members strive to house animals adequately to their needs and to give advice where needed to help further animal welfare. Please also check out the other EAZA Best Practice Guidelines and view the EAZA Standards for the Accommodation and Care of Animals in Zoos and Aquaria.

 
 
 

2 August 2018 _ EAZA Statement on Thomas Cook

The travel company, Thomas Cook, recently announced that as of summer 2019 they will no longer sell trips to facilities that care for orcas (Orcinus orca). The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) Accredited Member, Loro Parque, Spain is one such facility that this news affects. Loro Parque has been successfully caring for orcas for over 12 years and has a wealth of experience meeting their welfare and management requirements. Loro Parque passed the rigorous, holistic, EAZA Accreditation that covers Standards on Animal Accommodation and Care, Conservation, Education and Research and, in addition, they recently achieved a 100% rating in a focused animal welfare audit as part of requirements laid down by Thomas Cook. Conservation research programs involving orca at the park have also contributed to the development of prototype devices that use vocalizations to aid open sea orca protection and welfare.

The announcement by Thomas Cook cites animal welfare as a driver for their decision however, they do not appear to have considered the proven high animal welfare record that Loro Parque has. It is also difficult to understand the motives of Thomas Cook whereby they require a facility to undergo a welfare audit and then disregard the results. EAZA encourages Thomas Cook to reconsider their decision, specifically as it relates to EAZA Accredited facilities like Loro Parque who, in addition, have passed the Thomas Cook welfare audit requirements.

 EAZA’s Accreditation process and Standards  are publicly available as part of our commitment to transparency and professionalism. 

 
 
 

6 July 2018 _ Bird demo guidelines Spanish

The Falconiformes and Strigiformes TAG is proud to publish the Spanish version of the EAZA Husbandry and Management Guidelines For Demonstration Birds. This version has been published in collaboration with the Latin American Zoo and Aquaria Association (ALPZA). 

The guidelines are the TAG specific response on the more general EAZA guidelines on the use of animals in public demonstrations (2014). These Best Practice Guidelines were developed in order to manage the husbandry of “demonstration birds of prey” and factor in all aspects of management that optimise the welfare of the participating bird or species as well as the wellbeing of the broader animal collection and native wildlife in surrounding areas. To ascertain key information as to what species were kept for bird displays, how they were managed, and why they were included, input was collected and collated from EAZA member institutions recognised for their demonstrations with free flight birds or experience with displays, raining or zoo management. The guidelines are specifically approved as BPG for the species that fall under the umbrella of the Falconiformes and Strigiformes TAG, although there are also references to other species used in demonstrations.

 
 
 

19 June 2018 _ New EEPs launched

EAZA has launched the first nine European Ex Situ Programmes (EEP) for the management of populations of canid (dog and hyena) species.  The launch represents a step change in the way zoos undertake conservation, education and research, with every EEP defining the reasons for managing populations in support of elements of the zoo and aquarium mission.  You can read more about the launch, and the rationale for the EEPs here.

 
 
 

15 May 2018 _ Contacting EAZA

Following installation of a new phone system, you can now contact the EAZA office by phone.  The phone number remains the same:  +31 20 520 0750.  Thank you for your understanding.

 
 
 

19 April 2018 _ Songbird statement

EAZA and its MoU partners for the Silent Forest campaign, namely BirdLife International, TRAFFIC, and the IUCN SSC Asian Songbird Trade Specialist Group, have released a position statement on the illegal trade in songbirds.  Songbirds are an important commodity for criminals across the globe, with illegal sales in Europe and the Middle East as well as in more recognized wildlife crime hotspots.  The statement calls for the improvement of enforcement of existing laws in the EU as part of the coalition's support for the EU Action Plan on wildlife crime, thorough vetting of facilities that hold songbirds (including private breeders and zoos), and legislative recognition of the damage caused to songbird species populations by the indiscriminate trade.  In addition, the statement lays out the resources that EAZA and the coalition can bring to bear on the issues to support the EU with the mission to stamp out the unregulated and illegal trade in songbirds.

 
 
 

31 May 2017 _ BIAZA statement on UK licencing

Following press reports in the UK regarding DEFRA inspection reports, the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) has published an excellent statement that EAZA supports wholeheartedly.  You can read the blog post at BIAZA's webpage by clicking here.

15 May 2017 _ EAZA against Cetacean regulat

The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria has strong scientific grounds for opposing the recent ban on cetacean breeding introduced by the former French Minister of the Ecology.  Read the full statement by clicking here

 
 
 

April 2017 _ Spanish version of Ecuadorian amazon

The EAZA Parrot TAG is proud to present the Spanish version of EAZA Best Practice Guidelines for Ecuadorian amazon. This version has been published in collaboration with the Latin American Zoo and Aquaria Association (ALPZA). This species is found only on the central and south west coast of Ecuador and is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. The species is managed in human care as a European Endangered Species Breeding Programme (EEP) which acts as an insurance for the wild population. Ecuadorian Amazon parrots have been kept and bred well in human care for the last thirty years. These EAZA Best Practice Guidelines document methods for the successful husbandry of this species (and might also be useful for other amazon species). Recommendation boxes in this document highlight the important key points of each section, which readers should pay particular attention to. For questions, please contact Becca Biddle at b.biddle@chesterzoo.org.

EAZA Best Practice Guidelines are produced by the various TAGs to merge expert husbandry knowledge and make it widely available within and outside the borders of the EAZA community. The guidelines show best practice standards, which EAZA zoos aim at achieving. They have been compiled using a template and made user-friendly to facilitate reading and the finding of necessary information. The guidelines are of particular interest when building new enclosures, when deciding upon the nutrition of animals or when seeking information on the biology of the species. EAZA members strive to house animals adequately to their needs and to give advice where needed to help further animal welfare. Please also check out the other EAZA Best Practice Guidelines available and view the EAZA Standards for the Accommodation and Care of Animals in Zoos and Aquaria.

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6 April 2017 _ EAZA Strategy 2017-2020

EAZA is proud to present the Association's strategy for 2017-2020, a progressive and ambitious document that strongly defines the role that good zoos do and should continue to play in:

  • Supporting the work of the conservation community worldwide
  • Caring for populations and individual animals to maximise their health and welfare
  • Representing the interests of wildlife and ex situ conservation with legislators and other key stakeholders
  • Communicating the values and scientific work carried out by our Members

We look forward to working with all our Members to fulfill this Strategy over the next four years.  You can view the EAZA Strategy 2017-2020 on our website's Documents page, or by clicking here

 
 
 

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21 July 2017 _ EAZA and Bialowieza protection

EAZA has released a statement in support of the EU's proposed legal action to force the Polish government to reinstate protection of the last primeval forest area in Europe.  The Bialowieza forest has been opened up to commercial logging interests, putting the forest and its animals - including European bison - at extreme risk.

 
 
 

23 September 2017 _ EAZA launches Silent forest

The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, together with TRAFFIC, BirdLife International and the IUCN Asian Songbird Trade Specialist Group, today launched a joint campaign in a collaborative effort to save iconic Asian songbird species from extinction.

The Silent Forest campaign will raise awareness of the devastating effects of the trade in songbirds across Southeast Asia, and will also raise funds for field conservation projects that are working to reverse the decline in numbers of some of the world’s most beautiful birds.Teetering on the brink of extinction, birds such as the Bali Myna and Javan Green Magpie are highly sought after in markets across the region. Owning a songbird has long been an integral part of Southeast Asian culture, but as the region develops, songbirds are fetching increasingly high prices in the markets, encouraging trappers to clear birds from huge areas of forest.

 “The Asian songbird crisis has reached a tipping point: without immediate action, it is almost certain their voices will be silenced forever in the forest,” said Kanitha Krishnasamy, Acting Southeast Asia Regional Director of TRAFFIC, the world’s leading NGO on wildlife trafficking. We aim to raise the profile of this crisis both in Europe and in the range States and have a plan in place, in the form of a Conservation Strategy for these birds which this campaign feeds directly into. We need to establish a sustainable model that respects both local culture and laws without destroying the incredible richness of Southeast Asia’s biodiversity; that’s a formidable challenge, but this is a very strong coalition of partners, and there are some amazing projects that the campaign will support.”

Thomas Ouhel of Liberec Zoo, and Chair of the Campaign, pointed to the difference that funds raised by European zoos could make: “If we can persuade traders to work with conservationists and breeders rather than pillaging the forests, there’s a real chance to save these birds by changing attitudes towards the ownership of songbirds. Funding for the breeding and conservation projects, linked to educational work in the local communities can halt and eventually reverse the decline in songbirds species, bringing back the music of the forest for the benefit of future generations.”

Silent Forest will run for two years, and is aimed at raising €400,000 from European zoos and their visitors to help save six Critically Endangered flagship species identified by the coalition and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Leading biologists from the EAZA and beyond will also work on scientific measures to increase protection for these species. To learn more, visit www.silentforest.eu

Further reading: TRAFFIC’s Conservation Strategy for Southeast Asian songbirds in trade: http://www.trafficj.org/publication/17_Conservation_Strategy_for_Southeast_Asian_Songbirds.pdf

For media inquiries, please contact David Williams-Mitchell, EAZA Communications Manager at:

Email: david.williams-mitchell@eaza.net

Tel: +31 655 683 625

About EAZA:

EAZA is a non-profit conservation organisation, with Members across Europe and the Middle East. Its mission is to facilitate cooperation within the European zoo and aquarium community towards the goals of public education and engagement, scientific research and nature conservation. EAZA believes that zoos and aquariums have a strong role to play in the conservation of nature and wildlife both at our Member institutions and out in the field, and believes that wild animals in human care are central to this mission.

EAZA is Europe’s key centre of excellence for scientific knowledge about wild animal welfare and management, and one of the continent’s foremost environmental education networks. With over 400 Members in 44 countries, out of which 26 are EU Member States, EAZA is the world’s largest regional zoo association and is represented in EU Member States through National Zoo Associations and individual zoos.

About TRAFFIC:

TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, is the leading non-governmental organization working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

TRAFFIC specializes in:

  • Investigating and analysing wildlife trade trends, patterns, impacts and drivers to provide the leading knowledge base on trade in wild animals and plants;
  • Informing, supporting and encouraging action by governments, individually and through inter-governmental cooperation to adopt, implement and enforce effective policies and laws;
  • Providing information, encouragement and advice to the private sector on effective approaches to ensure that sourcing of wildlife uses sustainability standards and best practice;
  • Developing insight into consumer attitudes and purchasing motivation and guiding the design of effective communication interventions aimed to dissuade purchasing of illicit wildlife goods.

 About Birdlife International:

BirdLife International is a global partnership of conservation organisations (NGOs) that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. Together we are 120 BirdLife Partners worldwide – one per country or territory – and growing.

We are driven by our belief that local people, working for nature in their own places but connected nationally and internationally through our global Partnership, are the key to sustaining all life on this planet. This unique local-to-global approach delivers high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.

BirdLife is widely recognised as the world leader in bird conservation. Rigorous science informed by practical feedback from projects on the ground in important sites and habitats enables us to implement successful conservation programmes for birds and all nature. Our actions are providing both practical and sustainable solutions significantly benefiting nature and people.

About IUCN Species Survival Commission: The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is a science-based network of more than 10,000 volunteer experts from almost every country of the world, all working together towards achieving the vision of, "A just world that values and conserves nature through positive action to reduce the loss of diversity of life on earth". Most members are deployed in more than 140 Specialist Groups, Red List Authorities, Task Forces and Sub-Committees. Some groups address conservation issues related to particular groups of plants, fungi or animals while others focus on topical issues, such as reintroduction of species into former habitats or wildlife health.

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17 October 2017 _ EAZA signs MoU for Persian leopa

At a ceremony held at the 72nd Annual WAZA Conference in Berlin, EAZA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MNRE) and the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN SSC).  The MoU assembles expertise and infrastructure to assist with the reestablishment of a sustainable population of Persian leopard in the Western Caucasus. You can read our statement by clicking here

 
 
 

30 Nov 2017 _ EAZA and VDZ at the European Union

EAZA and VdZ organised an event yesterday at the German Permanent Representation to the EU, to discuss the EU Zoos Directive.  You can read the official statement by clicking here

 
 
 

18 Feb 2018 _ Best Practice Guidelines Turaco

The Toucan and Turaco TAG proudly presents the publication of the EAZA Best Practice Guidelines for Turacos (Musophagidae). Previously there were only guidelines for Red-crested turacos available, but these have now been expanded for all turaco species. The guidelines contain relevant and up to date information on current standards for turaco husbandry. Turaco species are in general very gratifying additions to our aviaries adding diversity, colour and character. They can be mixed with other species; an African themed exhibit would not be complete without the iconic turaco territorial calls and flash of red as they fly from perch to perch. To further optimize their well-being, you are encouraged to read or check the relevant paragraph in the new Best Practice Guidelines. For questions please contact Louis Peat.

 Louis Peat: records@cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk

EAZA Best Practice Guidelines are produced by the various TAGs to merge expert husbandry knowledge and make it widely available within and outside the borders of the EAZA community. The guidelines show best practice standards, which EAZA zoos aim at achieving. They have been compiled using a template and made user-friendly to facilitate reading and the finding of necessary information. The guidelines are of particular interest when building new enclosures, when deciding upon the nutrition of animals or when seeking information on the biology of the species. EAZA members strive to house animals adequately to their needs and to give advice where needed to help further animal welfare. Please also check out the other EAZA Best Practice Guidelines and view the EAZA Standards for the Accommodation and Care of Animals in Zoos and Aquaria.

 
 
 

19 February 2018 _ EAZA & TRAFFIC sign MoU

EAZA yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with TRAFFIC, the world's leading NGO working to end the illegal trade in wildlife.  Signed in support of the EAZA/TRAFFIC/BirdLife International/IUCN SSC campaign Silent Forest, the MoU commits the signatories to work together to end the unsustainable trade in endangered songbirds across the Southeast Asian region.  You can read the full release here.