The movement of animals from zoo to zoo happens on a regular basis, and last week we did a monkey swap!
The good zoo community can easily transfer animals if they are part of BIAZA (British and Irish Aquaria and Zoo Association) or EAZA (European Aquaria and Zoo Association). In these communities we are safe in the knowledge that our animals are going to a good new home! So last week our female saki monkey went to a new zoo and in return we got a new female. This week sees her final quarantine health check by our vet Matt Brash. Once all the results of this final check come back we will be able to introduce her to her new partner and her new island...
Here in Flamingo Land we have outlined to readers what it is like to be a zookeeper for a day – hard! But now is the turn of another member of staff without which our animals would not be as they are today. Our zoo vet, Matt Brash, takes care of all 125 different species of animals here on site.
The job of a vet is not an easy one, they have to make tough decisions and the health of the exotic animals housed here at Flamingo Land is on his shoulders...
Here at Flamingo Land Resort we take part in the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme, one of the longest running green tourism awards in the UK, and have just been assessed once again.
Flamingo Land Resort is regularly assessed by the scheme’s team of local wildlife experts. The assessors look at the steps holiday parks are taking to manage their land as a haven for wildlife, reduce their use of energy, water and other resources. They investigate our reduce, reuse, recycle waste protocols while also assessing how parks support their local communities. The assessment is not easy – this year I took part in the assessment to really get to grips with the award. Together with the Director of Conservation, Dr. Andy Marshall, our assessor spent a full day here at Flamingo Land Resort, and didn’t even have time to try out any of the rides!
The assessment looked at what we had done in the past year to impact native wildlife and to build on our previous awards. Last year we received gold so we were hoping to add to Britain’s gold medal tally!