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A frog that doesn’t croak, the largest living lizard, and a tortoise that can live up to 100 years are just some of the species staving off extinction thanks to the help of zoos, according to a new report.
The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), which promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums, has compiled a list of the top ten reptiles and amphibians benefitting from the aid of its members in the UK and Ireland.
The golden mantella, the Komodo dragon and the ploughshare tortoise have all made it on to the list, which highlights some of the best examples of how zoos and aquariums are safeguarding the future of our planet’s wildlife and their habitats.
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BIAZA is saddened to hear the news of the death of Nissim, Knowsley Safari Park’s 19-year-old bull elephant. Our sympathies go out to the staff during this very difficult time.
Aichi Biodiversity Target 12 is one of the 20 Targets developed by the IUCN's Convention on Biological Diversity, aimed at saving biodiversity and enhancing its benefits for people, by 2020.
Now in its sixth year and coordinated by the Royal Entomological Society, the week of 23 June - 29 June 2014 will see hundreds of events held across the UK, from bug hunts and bioblitzes to minibeast safaris and moth walks.
The Native Species Working Group have completed a brand new chapter on how to conduct native species research on zoo sites for the BIAZA Research Handbook.
The Marine Management Organisation have produced new online guidance for zoos and aquariums.
Zoo and Wildlife Solutions is launching a series of zoo management and legislation training courses in conjunction with BIAZA.
A population of terrestrial water voles - unique within mainland Britain - has been identified near Glasgow, inhabiting subterranean burrow systems on motorway embankments, grass verges and amenity lawns.
Applications are invited for the £5000 BIAZA Conservation Grant!
Diclofenac (the same anti-inflammatory drug that has wiped out vulture populations in India, Pakistan and Nepal) has recently been authorised for use on domestic animals in Italy and in Spain, home to 80% of European vultures, and is now becoming widely available on the EU market.