One of the key activities we’ve been working on with SEAZA throughout 2017, was the development of a welfare-based certification programme for all its members. SEAZA itself represents a wide range of zoos and aquariums. Institutional Members come from ASEAN countries as well as from neighbouring nations, including Taiwan and Hong Kong. Associate and Affiliate institutions come from different parts of the world including other parts of Asia, the Middle East, Australia, Europe, and North America. Many regional zoo associations already have some form of accreditation based programme (only the Australasian Zoo Association has a purely welfare based programme) to support and ensure best practice occurs within its membership, including animal welfare.
Starting soon, SEAZA will implement this certification programme for all current and potential SEAZA members. SEAZA recognises the need to establish and implement a animal welfare certification programme to regulate and improve the professional ethos under which their members operate.Through this programme, SEAZA members will need to be compliant with an animal welfare certification standard developed. This standard identifies gaps and opportunities to improve conditions for captive wild animals; set achievable husbandry standards for captive wild animal facilities and provides direction for SEAZA to both implement and enforce those standards as well as address non- compliance with the standard content. Wild Welfare is supporting this initiative through our MoU with them, signed late last year (2017)