Posted: September 3, 2020
North Lindsey College Animal Management department’s latest accolade sees them become an Educational Associate with the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA).
BIAZA is a membership association representing more than 100 zoos and aquariums and a growing number of associate members. Members are committed to furthering the Association and are required to abide by BIAZA’s Memorandum and Articles of Association. BIAZA zoos and aquariums must do more than comply with zoo licensing legislation and be seen to undertake significant work in the field of animal welfare, conservation, education and research.
The Animal Management department is home to over 446 animals on campus and 48 species. The College is also the only college in the region to use Species360, a specialist zoological management system, along with being members of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and Balai Directive approved which means the College can import or export certain animals.
Significant investment has been made over the last couple of years and the area is constantly striving to make improvements and additions to the ever-growing facilities. Over the past 12 months the department expanded its provision to provide a home to five Guernsey goats and a Panther Chameleon which was acquired from Chester Zoo. The area has also forged links with local organisations which has seen students benefit from gaining work experience with the Marine Conservation Society.
Jack Anderson (Curriculum Leader of Animal Management at North Lindsey College) said, “Being accepted as an Educational Associate with the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) is another significant accolade for the Animal Management department at North Lindsey College. I am thankful for the support of our sponsoring collections, Sparsholt College and Woodside Wildlife Park as a result of their support we have passed the necessary inspections to being accepted as an Educational Associate member.”
Jack continued, “Being a member will allow us to further develop our relationships within the zoological community, through attending workshops and seminars to accessing husbandry materials and guidance documents. This knowledge will be passed onto our students through both practical and theory sessions. Both students and staff have great aspirations for the department, in the future we will look into applying for a zoo license and then full BIAZA membership.”