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Linton Zoo Lion Paradise gets award commendation

Linton Zoo Lion Paradise shortly after completion

Linton Zoo Lion Paradise shortly after completion

Linton Zoo was congratulated by the zoo world following a prestigious awards ceremony held at West Midland Safari Park.

Linton Zoo was congratulated by the zoo world following a prestigious awards ceremony held at West Midland Safari Park.

Linton Zoo was commended in recognition for its ground-breaking work on ‘Best use of plants in a landscape feature/display’ at the BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) awards.

The awards were presented by Bill Wiggin, MP, during the ceremony at West Midland Safari Park in Worcestershire.

The winning projects were selected against very strict criteria – the assessors included external experts, as well as professionals from within the zoo community.

Zoo director Kim Simmons said: “We are thrilled to receive this top honour from BIAZA.

“This award particularly highlights our efforts in preserving and supporting native plants and wildlife, whilst providing the main residents an enriched three dimensional space in which to live.

“It also encourages natural behaviour while maintaining our high levels of animal welfare.”

The zoo was one of 23 to receive a commendation.

Held annually for over a decade, the BIAZA awards recognise outstanding contributions and achievements in the fields of wildlife conservation, advances in animal welfare and husbandry, marketing, PR, education, research, and enclosure design.

Dr Miranda Stevenson, director of BIAZA said: “The BIAZA awards highlight the crucial work carried out in zoos and aquariums.

“All of this year’s award-winning projects show the exceptional contributions our members are making to wildlife conservation, animal husbandry and welfare, and public understanding for species both in the UK and overseas.

“We congratulate all the winners.”

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (December 13) Echo.

 

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