Twycross Zoo wins award for excellence in animal care

Twycross Zoo has received an industry award for excellence in bonobo care

The conservation charity received a BIAZA Bronze Award for Excellence in “Animal Husbandry, Care and Husbandry” in recognition of the highly skilled work of the animal and veterinary team to improve the health and well-being of his group of bonobos.

Twycross was recognized for his work in administering a flu vaccination program to his bonobo group, to help protect and improve their health and well-being. The zoo is home to a family of 13 bonobos.

Dr Rebecca Biddle, Director of Conservation at Twycross Zoo, said: “We are delighted to receive this award in recognition of our bonobo care and breeding programme. As a charity and conservation zoo, we are extremely proud of our work to help protect and preserve the four great apes – including bonobos – who are currently listed as endangered on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

“This important program has had an extremely positive impact on the preventative health of our group of bonobos, with a marked reduction in respiratory disease, which is so encouraging to see.

“The health and welfare of all of our animals is of the utmost importance and we are committed to providing the best care and husbandry care, including preventative health care strategies like these, in order to keep us safe. ensure we can protect these endangered species for future generations.”

The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) is the professional body representing the best zoos and aquariums in the UK and Ireland, and its annual awards celebrate excellence in the industry.

Benjamin M. Yerger