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Animal welfare in Southeast Asian zoos

giraffe eating from a raised feeder in a zoo

Wild Welfare is helping implement a welfare certification programme (alongside the Southeast Asian Zoos and Aquariums Association), that will improve care and welfare for animals in SEAZA zoos.

The Southeast Asian region, which includes Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and the Philippines, has a huge range of zoos and aquariums, all of which display varying animal care and welfare standards. The Southeast Asian Zoos and Aquariums Association (SEAZA), is the region’s zoo association and it represents a range of around 100 zoos and aquariums.

Wild Welfare is working together with SEAZA, to help implement a welfare-based certification programme. The certification programme involves setting a series of welfare standards that all members have to adhere to attain their membership. By implementing the welfare programme, we can help SEAZA regulate and improve animal care and welfare across their member zoos and aquariums. Our goal is to ensure that animal welfare is given the highest priority across all SEAZA zoos and aquariums.

Members of SEAZA’s welfare and ethics team and the SEAZA zoo staff we are working with, all understand the importance of raising standards of welfare across the region and can see the benefits of making positive change. This is very much a joint effort between Wild Welfare and SEAZA and in ensuring we work to build SEAZA’s own capacity to monitor good care and welfare practices, we can help guarantee that zoo animals will benefit from long-term improvement and change.