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7Oct

CAZA recognizes the winners of the outstanding achievement awards of Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums.

 Ottawa (October 2, 2019) — Canadian accredited zoos and aquariums across Canada welcome millions of people to their facilities every year. This past weekend, their accrediting organization, Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA), recognized their commitment to animal welfare, conservation, science and education.

2019 CAZA AWARD WINNERS

The Zoo Sauvage de St-Félicen picked up the Thomas R. Baines Award for Excellence in Habitat Design and Development (Large Member) for their polar bear and arctic fox habitat. This award, recognizes excellence in the area of habitat design and development by a CAZA accredited institutional member.

Little Ray’s Nature Centres – Little Ray’s Temporary Exhibits Program won the Thomas R. Baines Award for Excellence in Habitat Design and Development (Small Member) This award, recognizes excellence in the area of habitat design and development by a CAZA accredited institutional member.

The Calgary Zoological Society Conservation Champions Festival won the Eleanore Oakes Award for Education Program Design (Large Member). This award recognizes outstanding achievement and innovation in education program design that enhances conservation knowledge and/or promotes positive conservation attitudes and behaviour.

Little Ray’s Nature Centres – Educational Outreach Program took home the Eleanore Oakes Award for Education Program Design (Small Member.) This award recognizes outstanding achievement and innovation in education program design that enhances conservation knowledge and/or promotes positive conservation attitudes and behaviour.

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The Toronto Zoo earned the Colonel G.D. Dailey Award for Ex-situ Species Propagation (Large Member) for the Wood Bison recovery program. This award recognizes ex-situ propagation and management programs that contribute to the long-term survival of animal species or populations.

The Calgary Zoo Foundation Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary, earned the Peter Karsten In-situ Conservation Award (Large Member), recognizing achievement in the field of in-situ conservation by CAZA member institutions or individual members in good standing.

The Greater Vancouver Zoo Salmon River Restoration Project won the Peter Karsten In-situ Conservation Award (Small Member), recognizing achievement in the field of in-situ conservation by CAZA member institutions or individual members in good standing.

Steven Thexton of the Riverview Park and Zoo was honoured with the Zoo and Aquarium Professional Award, a prize that recognizes innovation and significant contribution to the zoo and aquarium field by permanent staff employed at a CAZA institutional member.
Janet Campbell, Sharon Davis, Sharyn Honeywell, Nina Killpatrick, Meva MacDonald and Suzanne Sander (The Thursday Group, Calgary Zoological Society) were awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award, recognizing the valuable short- or long-term contributions a volunteer has made to a member Institution of CAZA.

 

CAZA congratulates all those who were nominated for their commitments to the important work in animal welfare, conservation, science and education and their dedication to CAZA’s cause of connecting people to nature.

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Founded in 1975, CAZA is the leading animal welfare standards-development organization in Canada. Its standards-development process includes expert opinions from researchers, biologists and academics to ensure the standards reflect the latest in animal-welfare research, organizational management and public-safety protocols. Through a science-based approach, CAZA’s standards bridge the ethical concerns regarding zoos and aquariums. These standards are currently the only pan-Canadian set of standards mandating zoological facilities in the country.

For More Information:

 

Dr. Susan Shafer, Executive Director
Canada’s Accredited Zoos & Aquariums (CAZA)
613-627-3779 ext. 221
sshafer@caza.ca

 

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