BALAI Training Course at WWT Slimbridge September 5th and 6th 2018

I am running my unique BALAI Directive Training Course, this time at WWT Slimbridge.

£250 for Two Days (£200 for BIAZA Members)
This training course will provide participants with a understanding of EC Directive 92/65 – the infamous ‘BALAI’ Directive. This course is designed for zoo managers and zoo veterinarians both who have significant responsibilities for compliance. Whether you are in the process of applying for BALAI Approval or are trying to implement the requirements in your zoo this course will give you the understanding and the processes necessary to meet the standards needed. This is a highly interactive course with small group exercises and practical tasks on site.

The full agenda is in the attached document.


Managing Dangerous Animals in Zoos Training Course at Blackpool Zoo 14th and 15th August 2018

A BRAND NEW Training Course !!

£250 for 2 days (£220 for BIAZA Members)

Aimed at Zoo Managers, Keepers and Zoo Licensing Officers.
This course will focus on the legislation, best practice and practical approaches to working with animals classified as ‘Category 1 Hazardous Animals’ by the Zoo Licensing Act. Learn how to write a Risk Assessment and then apply it in your zoo, review safe working practices, design an effective training programme and manage emergency responses. We will cover contentious issues like ‘Protected Contact’ and ‘Lone Working’ discussing different approaches and highlighting pros and cons. We will also discuss Emergency Response and Disaster Management. This will be a practical course with exercises involving elephants, carnivores, apes, hoofstock and birds.

More details attached below:

Film of the Texan Penguin arrival

Some footage of the arrival last year of the Texan Penguins that were headed for The Deep in Hull:

Saola Seen in Vietnam for the first time in 15 years

Zoo and Wildlife Solutions is part of a EAZA team working with the IUCN Cattle Specialist Group to develop a conservation breeding programme for the critically endangered Saola. More information can be found on the conservation pages.

The Soala has only been seen a handful of times and not for 15 years in Vietnam. This camera trap picture shows just how important conservation action for this species is.


Eld's Deer Studbook to be Published

Matt is the ESB Co-ordinator for the Endangered Eld's or Burmese Brow Antlered Deer. He has worked hard to formulate the first European Studbook which will be launched at the EAZA Conference in Budapest in September.

Presentation at International Tapir Symposium, Brazil

Matt will be making a presentation regarding the tapir reproduction research that he has been working on with Adam Naylor at the 6th International Tapir Symposium in Campo Grande, the gateway to the Pantanal, Brazil. The symposium brings together the world's tapir experts to discuss developments in captive management, field research and conservation of tapir species.

This work was sponsored by Dudley Zoological Gardens and Zoo and Wildlife Solutions Ltd.

European Commission employs Matt as a BALAI Directive expert

Zoo and Wildlife Solutions Ltd has won a further contract to provide training to official veterinarians from all over Europe on the Balai Directive EC 92/65. This legislation is fundamental to the successful movement of zoo animals but is poorly understood.

Following on from 6 previous courses Matt and his colleagues - Gerry Dorrestien, Jacques Kaandorp and William Schaftenaar - will be running 3 further courses for based at Antwerp Zoo and Bekes Bergen Safari Park. This contract reconfirms Matt's expertise in European Zoo Legislation.

Matt to make Keynote Presentation at Zoo Welfare Conference

Matt will be making a keynote presentation at the 'Animal Welfare and Sustainable Populations' conference to be held at Blair Drummond Safari Park. The conference is being held 27th-30th May 2014. Further details are available on the Events pages.

Matt will be talking about Elephant Welfare and Population Management

Publication in Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research

The Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research (JZAR) provides a forum for rapid publication of novel, peer-reviewed research papers, reviews, technical reports and evidence-based case studies. Through their living collections, zoos and aquariums are uniquely placed to contribute to conservation-related research.

In the second issue Zoo and Wildlife Solution novel work on evidence based decision making in zoos using risk assessment has been published. This work focuses on SIV in Debrazza monkeys.

Matt is the Veterinary Advisor for the EAZA Old World Monkey TAG and has developed a series of risk based recommendations on how to manage SIV in EAZA managed programmes. Your can read more in the research pages.

Here is the link to the article in Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research

Texan Penguins Heading for Hull

Zoo and Wildlife Solutions is working for The Deep in Hull to assist them in importing some very exciting new additions to the aquarium. A purpose built South Georgia themed exhibit will open in December for a group of Gentoo Penguins.

The Penguins are coming all the way from Moody Garden in Texas and so this move requires both 3rd Country Avian Import Legislation and Balai Directive Approval. As Matt was Head of Imports for Defra for several year he is able to co-ordinate this move which will be undertaken by our friends at JCS Livestock.