Positive Report From Zoo and Aquarium Association Review

As a member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association (Australasia) [ZAA], Kanyana Wildlife is subject to periodic review under the ZAA Accreditation Program. In October last year, Kanyana hosted a site review by the ZAA Accreditation Manager, and in February received the results of that evaluation. We are proud to announce that the outcome of our review is an overwhelmingly positive report.

The role of the ZAA is to work cooperatively with their members to build quality zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks. The ZAA Accreditation Program serves to reinforce the credibility of members’ commitment to ‘Positive Welfare’, a concept that is described in the ZAA’s Animal Welfare Position Statement (ZAA, 2013). Zoos, aquariums and parks that are recognised for their achievements in ‘Positive Welfare’ can provide added assurance to the community that their animals receive optimal care (ZAA (Australasia), 2014).

During Kanyana’s site evaluation, the ZAA reviewer recognised these organisational highlights:

1. Care of individual animals.

Kanyana Wildlife provides facilities that encourage and support promotion of good health and wild-type behaviours in the individual animals in their care.

2. Promoting animal natural behaviour in a captive environment.

Kanyana was particularly commended for demonstrating positive welfare thinking behind the day to day management of their tawny frogmouth, tammar wallaby and woylie species.

(ZAA (Australasia), 2014)

Kanyana Wildlife would like to thank all volunteers for their contribution to the achievement of a positive result from our ZAA Accreditation Program review. Read on to discover how this outcome was accomplished.

One of Kanyana Wildlife’s tawny frogmouth enclosures that earnt the organisation a positive report and commendations from the ZAA (Australasia).

One of Kanyana Wildlife’s tawny frogmouth enclosures that earnt the organisation a positive report and commendations from the ZAA (Australasia).

Zoo and Aquarium Association (Australasia). (2014) Accreditation Program Site Review Report; Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Inc. Zoo and Aquarium Association. (2013) Animal Welfare Position Statement.
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