Paradise Wildlife Park – the Zoological Society of Hertfordshire (ZSH) – has been recognised with a prestigious top national award for its work in Animal Breeding, Care and Welfare. The organisation also won a Bronze Award for its new Animal Exhibit, Penguin Falls. The Awards were presented at the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) annual awards ceremony held at The Deep in Hull on 18th May.
Gold Award – Animal Welfare – Telo 1Bronze Award – Penguin Falls Enclosure 2
Paradise/ZSH won its Gold Award for the hand rearing and reintroduction of ‘Telo’ into a natal group of Red Ruffed Lemurs. Telo was sadly rejected at birth but the ZSH keepers worked day and night to ensure his survival and to gradually reintroduce him to the Red Ruff Lemur group.
The Paradise/ZSH Bronze prize was awarded to the Park’s new Penguin Falls exhibit. Paradise/ZSH successfully bred endangered African Penguins in 2014 and 2015 and has now been approved as one of only a small number of zoos in the UK to be able to breed African Penguins. With this privilege and extra responsibility Paradise/ZSH decided to completely renovate and redevelop its African Penguin exhibit, creating ‘Penguin Falls’ which now provides better living and breeding facilities for the Penguins.
Commenting on the Awards, Paradise/ZSH Director, Lynn Whitnall, said; “2017 has been an amazing year for us. Not only did we establish our Zoological Society of Hertfordshire charity, our Park has witnessed some highly visible and positive changes as we redevelop and improve our facilities. These wonderful awards are further testament to our work – especially to that of our amazing, dedicated team – and we’re so pleased to have been recognised.”
Dr Kirsten Pullen, CEO of BIAZA, said, “Our annual awards ceremony recognises excellence in the work being carried out by our zoos and aquariums as well as our associate members. Our community is committed to conservation, education, research, and having the highest levels of animal welfare and this is highlighted by the incredibly high standard of award submissions this year. I am delighted that Paradise Wildlife Park/Zoological Society of Hertfordshire has achieved Gold and Bronze awards for the hand rearing and reintroduction into the natal group of a Red Ruffed Lemur and their new Penguin Falls exhibit.”