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IOW Zoo Scoops Conservation Award

The Isle of Wight Zoo has received one of the top awards from the zoo world, following a prestigious awards ceremony held at Twycross Zoo, Warwickshire and attended by some 100 people on the 16th November.

The zoo won the Small Collection Award for Best Field Conservation Project. A certificate was presented to Education and Conservation Officer Tracy Dove by wildlife presenter Steve Leonard.

This award was for the zoo’s tiger conservation project, Local Advocacy for Tiger Conservation in Bhadra-Kudremukh Tiger Landscape. The Isle of Wight Zoo is the sole funder of this project, which is administered by the charity Global Tiger Patrol. The zoo’s contribution over the 2010/11 year was £10800, which came from the zoo’s income and fundraising. Tracy Dove walked the Isle of Wight Coastal trail with daughter Jenny, raising over £1000, while Tour Guide Georgie McCarthy raised over £500 by doing the Great South Run.

The Zoo was one of 15 winners chosen from 45 entries. 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 significant achievements within the zoo world and once again this year’s award-winning projects show the exceptional contributions our members make to conservation and education each year. Equally, they are standard bearers for excellence in animal husbandry and welfare. We congratulate all the winners."

"This is an excellent example of what can be achieved with relatively little money and expertise, a well thought out project which meets the zoo’s desired objectives and fills an important gap within a jigsaw of bigger conservation organisations in the area."