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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 enclosures. 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 campaign.” For more information on Love Your Zoo week or for special promotional offers visit www.loveyourzoo.co.uk Ends For further information please contact: Zara Gaspar, Communications Manager, BIAZA, T: 020 7449 6599, M : 07738008600 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. www.biaza.org.uk 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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