New accreditation for zoo
SNAKES Down Under Reptile Park and Zoo has been recognised recently and assessed by the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) and has successfully achieved accreditation.
The accreditation program has lifted the bar for animal welfare standards, and is for all ZAA member zoos and aquariums.
ZAA president Karen Fifield said the accreditation program was creating a new standard for animal welfare.
“Being accredited means our members can be proud of providing our animals with the best possible care,” she said.
Rather than simply making sure animals are not experiencing negative welfare states, the new program goes a step further to focus on delivering positive welfare outcomes.
“The AnimalWelfare Position Statement provides a strong foundation for zoos and aquariums to maintain and improve welfare for all animals in their care,” Ms Fifield said.
For an institution to gain this accreditation, they are ensuring the animals in care live in a positive welfare state.
ZAA member institutions are assessed every three years, with accreditation based on a principle of ongoing development and better practice.
This means criteria for assessment will be refined for each cycle to make sure that new understandings about animal welfare can be included.