Brooklands Zoo is a MPI (Ministry of Primary Industries, formerly known as MAF) approved facility. We get audited from MPI on a regular basis and keep them updated on what’s happening within the zoo for our exotic animals. This also involves complying with their set regulations and procedures for our facility.
Zoo and Aquarium Association Accreditation
The Association has 99 member organisations; 94 of these are zoos, aquariums and museums with the remainder consisting of universities, TAFEs and government departments.
The Association manages the coordination of breeding programs and sets the level of professional standards and practice for its members. It also provides general support and advice where required to its members and governments on a range of issues such as biosecurity, wildlife disease and species knowledge.
The Association is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), where we are able to collaborate with 1,300 other zoos and aquariums linked through the WAZA network. Collectively we seek to contribute to conservation science, animal husbandry and animal welfare.
Brooklands Zoo is a Full Institutional member as well as an Accredited member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA), which means we have been recognised for meeting positive animal welfare outcomes.
The ZAA accreditation programme is designed for all ZAA members with a focus on positive animal welfare. Rather than simply ensuring that animals do not experience bad effects on their welfare, this programme goes a step further by focusing on delivering positive welfare outcomes based on five welfare domains: nutrition, environment, health, behaviour and mental affective state.
ZAA member institutions are assessed every three years with accreditation based on a principle of ongoing development and better practice. This means the criteria for assessment will be refined for each cycle to make sure that new understandings about animal welfare can be included. Brooklands Zoo staff are proud to be confirmed as meeting this high standard of care.
A lot of work is involved in ensuring that ZAA is kept up to date on each of Brooklands Zoo’s exotic animals. Every animal is issued a specific house name and identification number (along with many of our animals also being micro chipped or tattooed).
ZAA requires daily records kept for each exotic animal. This includes animal observations, sickness, treatments, matings, interactions, containment issues and enrichment. Keepers enter this information onto a specialised ‘animal record keeping’ computer programme.
Brooklands Zoo works closely with fully qualified veterinarians for health and dietary advice on our animals and to help maintain regular health checks. Part of a Keepers’ daily duties involve checking the health of each individual animal throughout the day. Preventative health practices are also followed such as regularly worming animals etc.
ZAA also require best practice standards are followed for the care of animals housed in their approved facilities.