Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) is saddened to learn of the death of a keeper at the Hamerton Zoo Park in England, and our thoughts are with her family and the Zoo during this difficult time.
In Canada, CAZA requires accredited members to adhere to strict protocols on safety and security to minimize the risk of this type of incident happening within Canadian accredited institutions.
All CAZA accredited facilities are required to implement and adhere to a risk management policy and emergency protocols to prevent harm to the visiting public, employees and the animals in their care. Institutions must analyze and assess these risks and design and implement control measures, including emergency protocols and contingency plans in the case of a breach. They are also required to conduct live action emergency drills at least once annually. These drills must be documented and evaluated to determine procedures are being followed, that staff training is effective, and that what is learned is used to correct and improve emergency procedures. CAZA facilities are also required to have a communications system that can be quickly accessed in case of an emergency.
For more information, please contact:
Ashley Street, Manager Research and Public Affairs
(613) 627-3779 x 222