Implantation of Zoo Licensing Act Training Course

9th & 10th October 2018
Paradise Wildlife Park, Hertfordshire

Early Bird Rate £230 for Two Days (£215 for BIAZA Members)
(after 24th September £260)

This training course will provide participants with a full understanding of zoo licensing. The course describes the law and what is required by licensed zoos, explains the licensing and enforcement process and provides in depth insight into what inspectors are looking for and how to prove your zoo complies with the requirements of the Secretary of Sates Standards of Modern Zoo Practice. Matt uses his personal experience as a zoo operator and an inspector with experience of prosecutions to provide practical examples and case studies. This is a highly interactive course based on small group exercises and practical tasks in the zoo.

Keeper's Role in Managing Health and Disease

24th October 2018
Wild Place Project, BZS
£95 for BIAZA Members (£110 for Non- BIAZA Members)

Book on ‘Welfare Assessment and Auditing in Zoos on 23rd October and come to both courses for £175

Diseases can have a devastating effect on zoo animals’ health welfare and management with serious potential impact on zoo operations, human health and conservation breeding programmes. Many diseases are caused, confounded or managed by animal husbandry, nutrition and operational factors and so keepers have a central role to play, alongside veterinarians in optimising animal health and welfare in zoos. This course is especially designed for keepers, focusing on disease prevention and control measures they can implement in their work and how to work with zoo veterinarians effectively.

Welfare Assessment and Auditing in Zoos

23rd October 2018
Wild Place Project, BZS
£95 for BIAZA Members (£110 for Non- BIAZA Members)

Book on ‘Keepers Role in Health and Disease on 24th October and come to both courses for £175

Optimising animal welfare is a primary focus for zoo professionals. This small group (maximum of 12 participants) practical training course is designed to give you the tools to be able to assess current welfare, how to identify and monitor changes in welfare and how to prioritise welfare improvements. We will look at the use resource and animal based indicators, trial ethograms and behavioural assessment and consider practical application of welfare science in zoos.

De Brazza Monkey Best Practice Guidelines Launched

Zoo and Wildlife Solutions is delighted to announce the publication of the De Brazza Monkey Best Practice Guidelines. Vet student Mel Chapman worked with Dr Matt Hartley to complete a comprehensive survey of zoos and compile the publication. These guidelines will help De Brazza monkey holding zoos to manage their animals to the highest welfare standards.
The document can be found here: De Brazza Monkey Best Practice Guidelines

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.