Plantasia Tropical Zoo, located in the heart of Swansea city centre, has been awarded Full Membership of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA).
It follows a four-year investment and development of the attraction, in its commitment to achieving the highest welfare for its species.
BIAZA is the professional body representing the UK’s best zoos and aquariums, and the organization supports over 100 zoo and aquarium members. BIAZA’s mission is to guide its members to achieve the highest standards of animal care and welfare in zoos, aquariums and in the wild.
This exclusive membership gained by Plantasia Tropical Zoo, an indoor rainforest housed in a giant glass pyramid, makes it one of only five zoos in Wales accepted by BIAZA, ensuring the zoo can collaborate far and wide to promote conservation efforts and environmental education. .
Folly Farm’s mentorship following Plantasia’s provisional membership status last year, resulted in the implementation of changes regarding management and record keeping practices, to meet the high standards required for full BIAZA membership.
The team continues to go to great lengths to operate beyond the legal requirements of a zoo, in order to maintain the coveted status that BIAZA monitors annually.
Commenting on the recent announcement, Anthony Williams, Plantasia Tropical Zoo Attraction Manager, said: “Plantasia is more than a place to come and see animals and plants. In addition to providing a fun day out for guests, our BIAZA membership demonstrates our dedication to conserving the natural world and educating our visitors to do the same.”
Plantasia Tropical Zoo, one of Parkwood Leisure’s visitor attractions, has more than 40 different species of animals, and more than 10% of them have a conservation problem.
The zoo already participates in the EEP (European Program for Endangered Species) and collaborates with various zoological institutions for the protection and conservation of species. Plantasia Tropical Zoo also breeds several endangered and vulnerable species including reptiles, amphibians and fish. This year alone has seen the birth of 6 critically endangered Egyptian tortoise hatchlings.
“The accolade of achieving full BIAZA membership is incredible. Plantasia Tropical Zoo will now be part of a national network of like-minded institutions to work with to achieve our conservation and education goals,” he said. Michael Colwill, Zoo and Education Manager.
“By being accepted as a full member, you will enable Plantasia Tropical Zoo to achieve much higher standards of animal welfare, education, conservation and scientific research. Hopefully this achievement is just the beginning of many great things to come.”
Swansea Council Cabinet Member Robert Francis-Davies said: “I congratulate everyone at Plantasia for having obtained the full membership of BIAZA. This demonstrates the site’s commitment to high standards, conservation and education.
“Our successful partnership with Parkwood, including a successful £1.1m investment in Plantasia, is delivering a great experience for customers; working with the staff there we continue to make Plantasia the best it can be.”
(Main image: Plantasia)