We were delighted to take part in a World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) Welfare Summit this month, kindly hosted by Singapore Wildlife Reserves. The Summit looked at what welfare accreditation processes are currently carried out around the world, how effective they are and finally how these could potentially evolve to create a universal assessment approach to improving animal welfare in zoos and aquariums.
Accreditation is an important feature of the global zoo and aquarium community, often differentiating between a poor facility and a good facility, but it requires expert assessment and regular reviews to be truly effective.
The Summit was very productive and an incredibly enthusiastic approach from everyone saw many solutions put forward that will benefit animal welfare!
To learn more about the welfare accreditation process, you can read our blog discussing some of the benefits and pitfalls and how it can support improved animal welfare around the world.