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									Press Release

                       LAUNCH OF LOVE YOUR ZOO

POO throwing games, bird flying displays and a 24-hour shark dive are just some of
the events zoos and aquariums will be holding to celebrate Love Your Zoo when it is
launched next week.

The campaign which will run from Monday, May 30 to Sunday, June 5, is being
launched this year by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums
(BIAZA). Its aim is to encourage people to visit their local BIAZA zoos, aquariums
and wildlife centres and not only have a fun day out, but also learn just how much
they do for conservation, education and research.

More than 70 zoos, aquariums and wildlife centres across the UK will be taking part
and are planning a week of fun activities from showing off new exhibits, to animal
encounters, trails and craft activities. Visitors to Blackpool Zoo will be able to meet
the gorillas and play poo throwing games to raise funds for the EAZA Ape
Campaign, at the Raptor Foundation in Cambridgeshire they will be able to take part
in flying displays and at Deep Sea World in North Queensferry they will see divers
complete a 24-hour underwater challenge in shark-infested waters to raise money for
The Shark Trust.

There will be something for everyone from face painting and making toy animals to
learning about the importance of zoos and conservation. Harewood House Bird
Garden will be showing children how to make Love Your Zoo magnets, while
Colchester Zoo will be taking a nostalgic look at how much the zoo has grown and at
Living Coasts in Torquay visitors will be learning about and designing animal

Miranda Stevenson, Executive Director of BIAZA, said: “BIAZA zoos and aquariums
have lots in store for families during the week so we hope people will support the
For more information on Love Your Zoo week or for special promotional offers visit


For further information please contact:
Zara Gaspar, Communications Manager, BIAZA, T: 020 7449 6599, M : 07738008600 Email:

Notes to the Editor:

BIAZA, British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums
BIAZA is a conservation education and scientific wildlife charity, which acts as the principal
professional zoo body representing the responsible zoo and aquarium community in the UK. With
100 members, its role is to develop and spread best practice within the UK and international zoo
community, combining lobbying and campaigning with the development of policy in collaboration
with the government and scientific organisations. BIAZA members support around 700 projects
every year by providing financial support in excess of £10 million and by supplying skills, staff
and equipment for conservation programmes worldwide.                                             charity number: 248553

10 Reasons Why You Should Love Your (BIAZA) Zoo/Aquarium

1. More than 25 million people visit BIAZA’s member organisations every year – they are a great
day out!
2. More than 1,200,000 people come to BIAZA member organisations each year on an organised
educational visit – visiting your local zoo is a fun way to learn about animals!
3. BIAZA members participate in about 500 research projects every year, many of these
measuring behaviour with the aim of improving animal welfare – you are helping us learn about
helping wildlife
4. BIAZA members participate in about 700 conservation projects every year
5. They contribute about £10m a year to field projects
6. BIAZA members contribute about £645m to the national economy
7. They create about 11,007 jobs
8. By visiting zoos you are helping to safeguard the future of vulnerable, threatened and
endangered species
9. You can visit more than 2,000 different species of animal!
10. By visiting your local zoo or aquarium you are doing a good thing by taking the time to
appreciate our wildlife and hopefully being inspired to make a difference.

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