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Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens – International Exchange trip to the UK
In November 2011, Animals Asia was pleased to host the visit of the China Association of Zoological Gardens (CAZG) to the UK to meet with international experts in captive animal management and discuss international exchange programmes to build further capacity within the Chinese zoo industry to improve the welfare of captive animals.
Animal Welfare Director, David Neale, Animal Welfare Officer, Lisa Yang and Veterinary Welfare Education and Outreach Manager, Dr Heather Bacon (University of Edinburgh and Animals Asia) accompanied the Vice-President and Secretary General of the CAZG, Mm Hu, the Vice-Secretary General of the CAZG, Mm Xie, Vice-Director of Beijing Zoo, Mr Zhang, Director of Chengdu Zoo, Mr Wang and the Director of Shanghai Zoo, Mr Zhang to meet with the directors and staff of London, Chester and Bristol zoos and the British & Irish, European and World zoo associations.
David Field, ZSL Director, discusses London Zoo development, with an old enclosure that no longer meets modern standards.
Malcolm Fitzpatrick, Curator of Mammals at ZSL, demonstrates the concept of modern enclosure design and enrichment.
The meetings were arranged to discuss a wide range of issues which impact upon the welfare of animals in captivity, including improved enclosure design to meet animal needs, increase educational benefit, and to provide naturalistic features; management protocols to encourage the exhibition of natural behaviours; enrichment plans; conservation education; zoo marketing; and zoo research programmes designed to improve welfare through the development of behavioural management initiatives.
Dr Bryan Caroll, Bristol Zoo Director and Neil Maddison, Head of Conservation discuss animal management standards.
Bristol Zoo staff demonstre the importance of public education to convey messages of animal welfare and conservation.
Animals Asia is particularly grateful to the staff at London, Chester and Bristol for hosting the delegation and their respective institutions and sharing their own knowledge and experiences on the advancement of animal welfare within captivity. We are also very grateful to the British & Irish Zoo Association, and the European and World Associations of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA and WAZA) for discussing the roles of zoo associations in the development of management standards to improve animal welfare, capacity building programmes aimed at providing support for zoos to reach these standards and the monitoring of welfare at member zoos.
We are working with the CAZG and the international zoo community to encourage the development of management standards in Chinese zoos which provide for the physical and behavioural needs of captive animals. Following this exchange visit we will facilitate the further development of enrichment workshops for Chinese zoo staff, and international staff exchange programmes to bring animal welfare concepts developed and implemented in zoos globally into the Chinese zoo management system and so improve the welfare of captive animals in China.