New ac­cred­i­ta­tion for zoo

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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