These awards celebrate those making outstanding contributions within the BIAZA community and range across categories, including conservation breeding, animal wellbeing, conservation, education, horticulture, PR, marketing, digital and events, research and sustainability.

Chester Zoo was awarded a total of THREE gold awards this year across a range of specialisms. Here’s an overview of the projects that picked up awards:

Golden mantella in Madagascan forest

Education Gold Award: Wildlife Champions

Species in the UK are under threat and increasing pressures on the natural world is pushing the wildlife that lives in our communities to the brink of extinction.  Knowledge and appreciation of the species that share our living space is decreasing rapidly, which puts the future of wildlife at ever-greater jeopardy.

To combat this challenge we have developed a community engagement project called Wildlife Connections.  Through this campaign, we have ran a training course for community group leaders to provide them with knowledge, skills and inspiration to improve their area of green space for native species and ideas for how to get their group members or local community involved in conservation!  Hannah Brooks, Community Engagement Manager says:

“I’m incredibly proud that this project has won a BIAZA Gold Award!  It’s fantastic that the Wildlife Champions, who are amazing individuals doing great things within their local community have been recognised for the work that they’re doing. This has all been made possible thanks to the training and support that we provided. I’d also like to say a really big thank you to Heritage Lottery Fund who supported this project.”