BIAZA is the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums. We are the professional body representing the best zoos and aquariums in Britain and Ireland. Our Member Collections pride themselves on their excellent animal welfare, education and conservation work. BIAZA supports them in their work and helps promote the work of good zoos and aquariums.
The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) (formerly the Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland) is a conservation, education and scientific wildlife charity (Registered Charity Number: 248553) founded in 1966 out of a mutual desire within the zoo and aquarium community to see sound principles and practices of animal management widely adopted in the British Isles and Ireland. Today the Association is the professional organisation representing the zoo and aquarium community.
The Vision of the organisation:
To be a powerful force in the care and conservation of the natural world
Is reflected in its Mission:
BIAZA is a professional organisation which represents its members and promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums. It leads and supports its members:
To inspire people to help conserve the natural world
To participate in effective co-operative conservation programmes
To deliver the highest quality environmental education, training and research
To achieve the highest standards of animal care and welfare in zoos, aquariums and in the wild
Members of the Association have to do more than follow legislation as laid down in the Zoo Licensing Act (Amendment, England and Wales) Regulations 2002. In addition to following the Secretary of States Standards of Modern Zoo Practice (which are amongst the highest in the world) Member collections must undertake work in the field of animal welfare, conservation, education and research under the terms of the Constitution and Codes of Practice of the organisation.