ZSL celebrates Zoo success after winning big at annual BIAZA awards

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is celebrating successes across both ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo after winning big at the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) 50th Anniversary awards ceremony.

Luke Harding
BIAZA 'Rising Star' award winner Luke Harding

ZSL walked away with a total of 14 awards from the event held on 8 June, with key acknowledgements in a variety of categories such as animal breeding, care and welfare, conservation, education, exhibits and research.

Zoological director David Field said: “The BIAZA Awards are designed to illustrate best practice in zoos and aquaria across Britain and Ireland. The volume and variety of awards won across the board is a wonderful demonstration that ZSL is not only leading the way in the welfare of animals, we are at the forefront in exhibit design, horticulture and animal training.”

In addition to the Zoos’ collective achievements, Luke Harding from ZSL London Zoo’s herpetology department won this year’s ‘Rising Star’ award for going above and beyond in his role to further the goals of the Zoo.


A full list of ZSL’s award winners is below:  

Animal Breeding, Care & Welfare       

Chytriodiomycosis in caecilian amphibians, diagnosis and treatment  ZSL London Zoo Gold
Breeding the Critically Endangered Lake Oku clawed frog (Xenopus longipes); a world first  ZSL London Zoo Gold
Disease risk analysis for Schmallenberg virus in zoological collection ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Silver
The UK’s first accredited training course for venomous reptile management in zoos ZSL London Zoo Silver



Clinical use and application of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in a zoological collection ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Silver
Survival and fatal elephant Endotheliotropic  Herpesvirus-1 infections in juvenile Asian elephants – lessons learned and recommendations on anti-herpesviral therapy ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Silver



BIAZA fen raft spider project    10 BIAZA collections: ZSL London Zoo, Beale Park, Bristol Zoo, Chessington World of Adventures, Chester Zoo, The Deep, Dudley Zoo, Lakeland Wildlife Oasis, Tilgate Nature Centre, Reaseheath College   Gold



In with the Spiders ZSL London Zoo  Silver
Butterfly House and West African dwarf crocodile exhibit ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Silver
The reality of the Asian turtle crisis ZSL London Zoo Bronze



Evaluating the impact of a multi-visit learning package for school groups ZSL London Zoo  Gold
Engaging zoo visitors with ZSL experts at Sunset Safari ZSL London Zoo Silver
Early years programming ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Bronze
Development of a native species Discovery and Learning space ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Bronze



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