Zoos and Other Animal Attractions
There are many animal attractions around the UK. Most people assume they do very little to help conservation and native species that is far from true. As part of the Zoo Licencing Act in the UK all zoos (petting and larger) have to support wildlife conservation in order to have a licence to operate. Many zoos give large amounts of money and help researchers on particular projects. Large zoos often have their own charities in which they conduct research in the wild, purchase land for nature reserves and some breeding endangered species.
Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset is home to the world's only managed colony of nesting mute swans on the site of an 11th-century monastery. The sanctuary can hold 600 mute swans at any one time.
Crocodiles of the World
Crocodiles of the World is the UK's only crocodile zoo. They are home to more than 100 crocodiles, alligators and caimans from 15 different species of crocodilian. They are base of the Crocodiles of the World Foundation charity helping actively in crocodilian conservation.
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Exmoor Zoo is a conservation centre in Exmoor, North Devon. The current zoo developed from Exmoor Bird Gardens, the original attraction. Over the years they have feature many species not normally seen in UK zoos.
Hawk Conservancy Trust
The Hawk Conservancy Trust has a bird of prey centre in Hampshire focusing on education and conservation. The run and support projects both in the UK and overseas to boost BoP numbers.
Badges can be found here, although not always available online:
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Marwell Zoo is a 140-acre zoological gardens situated at Owslebury near Winchester, in the county of Hampshire. It is owned and run by the registered charity Marwell Wildlife. The zoo is home to over 1,200 animals of 135 species.
Newforest Wildlife Park
The New Forest Wildlife Park is located on the edge of The New Forest close to Lyndhurst. The Park specialises in native and past-native wildlife of Britain. The Park is recognised as the UK's leading institution in the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wild otters.
World Owl Trust
The World Owl Trust works on owl conservation on a National and International scale. Their conservation programmes protect populations of endangered owls until their habitat has been restored.
Badge is included in their adoption packs:
Paradise Park is a zoo situated in Hayle, Cornwall. It has over 650 animals, primarily birds. It is currently the home of the World Parrot Trust.
Twycross Zoo is a large zoo near Norton Juxta Twycross, Leicestershire. The zoo has the largest collection of monkeys and apes in the Western World.
Windsor Safari Park
Windsor safari park was a large drive-through facility. Opened in 1969 the zoo featured many large open enclosures for almost all of the big african species. It also included a Seaworld with dolphins and a killer whale. The zoo sadly closed in 1992, the site now houses Legoland Windsor.
Species Survival Plan
The Species Survival Plan or SSP program was developed in 1981 by the (American) Association of Zoos and Aquariums to help ensure the survival of selected species in zoos and aquariums, most of which are threatened or endangered in the wild.
They often work in partnership with UK zoos.