Biaza Award Commendations

27 November 2013

Blair Drummond Safari Park was congratulated by the zoo world following a prestigious awards ceremony held at ZSL London Zoo in recognition for our Elephant Habitat.

Winners of Zoo Oscars Announced!

Blair Drummond’s Education Officer, Dave Warren, also received commendation for his behind the scenes photograph ‘Inside’.

BIAZA (the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) held its annual awards ceremony, known as the Zoo “Oscars” to celebrate some of the incredible contributions made by the zoo community to animal welfare, wildlife conservation, public understanding and horticulture.

The Elephant Habitat was commended in the category ‘best new habitat’. It was officially opened in April 2013 by HRH. The Princess Royal. The habitat has been designed to give the elephants a far greater range of decision making in their daily lives while keeping them in the best possible physical and mental health.

The design, which is all in-house, evolved over 5 years. All work was undertaken by local businesses and trades people, with the living area for the elephants being developed and built in-house by the parks own engineer.

We wanted the public to be able to see the entire habitat including most of the areas which are usually off view.

Dr Kirsten Pullen, CEO of BIAZA said:

The annual BIAZA awards are a celebration of our achievements within the fields of conservation, education, research and animal welfare.  The 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.

The photograph taken by the Blair Drummond Safari Park’s Education Officer, "Inside", received commendation in the BIAZA behind the scenes category. It was taken during the post mortem after the loss of Estrella 49, the park’s eldest resident African Elephant. The subject is a vet inside the chest cavity of an elephant. The post mortem was essential to provide more information about illness, to further medical research and improve welfare and husbandry for captive elephants.

For further information please contact BIAZA:

Zara Gaspar, Communications Manager, BIAZA, T: 020 7449 6599, M 07738008600  Email: communications@biaza.org.uk