Both the team at the ZAA office & representatives from ZAA members have been busy all through October networking, training, work-shopping, learning & collaborating. See below for a summary of some of the significant events throughout October.
The ZAA TAG Workshops were held at Taronga Zoo Sydney
TAG Conveners and Species Coordinators attended three days of ZAA Taxon Advisory Group Workshops. The ultimate goal: continuously improve the way we manage animal populations across Australasia for conservation (breeding programs, education, advocacy, research) and positive welfare.
Grey Nurse Shark Workshop
ASMP Support Officer Matt Clifton and a range of ZAA members and partners came together at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast to discuss the critically endangered grey nurse shark and next steps in recovery efforts.
Frog Husbandry Workshop
ZAA Relationships & Collection Development Manager, Todd Jenkinson recently attended a Leiopelma New Zealand frog husbandry workshop hosted by Auckland Zoo and run by Richard Gibson and Jenny Spencer.
Internal Congress of Zookeepers (ICZ) Conference
The 6th International Congress on Zoo Keeping Conference was held in the extraordinarily beautiful Temaiken Bioparque, Buenos Aeries, Argentina. For a full update click here.
International Zoo Educators (IZE) Conference
ZAA Executive Director Nicola Craddock went to Thailand for the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums Conference in Bangkok. Representatives from several ZAA-accredited zoos and aquariums also attended and presented.
Pūkaha Open Day & rebrand launch
Todd Jenkinson from the ZAA NZ office attended the community open day at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre (now “Pūkaha”) to share the ongoing achievements at Pūkaha with the local community as well as the launch of their new branding.
The South East Asian Zoos Association (SEAZA) Conference was on in Chiang Mai, Thailand. ZAA Executive Director Nicola attended, presenting to the SEAZA Board on ZAA Accreditation and participating in an animal welfare panel.
Award winning zoos and aquariums
The Australian Reptile Park won four awards at the Central Coast Regional Business Awards including Regional Business of the Year, Excellence in Business, Outstanding Business Leader and Outstanding Young Employee.
Wellington Zoo won the inaugural World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) Environmental Sustainability Award for their world-leading sustainability initiatives.
Zoos Victoria won the Premier’s Sustainability Award for Environment Protection alongside their partners, Phillip Island Nature Parks, for the ‘When Balloons Fly’ campaign.