A Devon wildlife charity has picked up two awards from the zoo world
The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust was recognised at the awards ceremony held by BIAZA, the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums, at Twycross Zoo, Warwickshire.
Paignton Zoo was commended for its ground-breaking work on howler monkeys, while Newquay Zoo was awarded for a project focussing on zoos in wartime. Certificates were presented by TV wildlife expert Steve Leonard.
Researcher Holly Farmer investigated the vocalisations of howler monkeys (Alouatta caraya) and found that those who call most often breed more. Holly’s research could help to improve breeding success in zoos.
Holly has just been awarded her Psychology PhD. by the University of Exeter and has spent time in Argentina studying the species.
In addition, the award for best use of plants in a landscape feature / display went to Newquay Zoo for its World War Zoo gardens project, led by educator Mark Norris. The project combines social history and horticulture, investigating how zoos survived in wartime when food was rationed and staff were drafted into the war effort.