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Isle of Wight Zoo wins tiger conservation award

Mon 12 Dec 2011

Isle of Wight Zoo wins tiger conservation award

Wildlife lovers may be tempted to book Isle of Wight holidays after it was revealed a tourist attraction on the island has won an award for conservation.

The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) recognised the Isle of Wight Zoo in the category of local advocacy for tiger conservation in Bhadra-Kudremukh Tiger Landscape.

It was noted 100 per cent of the funding for schemes at Bhadra Tiger Reserve and Kudremukh National Park is provided by the island-based attraction.

BIAZA pointed out the projects are built on a "strong science-based advocacy by local conservationists", adding: "It harnesses the strong pride of the local community for tigers and their habitat, both of which are viewed as a priceless heritage."

The schemes were also described as cost-effective by the organisation, due to the fact voluntary participation by individuals - as well as groups drawn from the local community - are both involved in them.

Those who want to learn more about the conservation of tigers may therefore wish to head to the Isle of Wight Zoo to do their bit for the future of the animals.

Other creatures that can be viewed by those on Isle of Wight holidays who go to the zoo include jaguars, lions and monkeys, while it is open at weekends throughout December depending on the weather at the time.

Zoo tours are among the things to do at the popular attraction, with visitors able to learn more about all of the animals that call the location home, such as wallabies and primates.

Children may also be drawn to an area of the Isle of Wight Zoo where they are able to get hands-on with farm animals including rabbits and goats.

Experiences can also be purchased for a range of activities, such as feeding the lemurs at the attraction or getting up close to the young tigers when they are being given their milk.

Posted by Jon NobleADNFCR-3083-ID-801236169-ADNFCR

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