Published on : Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The two resolutions adopted by WAZA members during the recent 68th Annual Conference, held in Orlando, USA.
Animal Records Management: Endorsement of ZIMS
Complete and accurate animal records are essential for zoos and aquariums and for animal population managers. Without such records, zoos cannot make informed recommendations, veterinarians cannot effectively provide treatments, and animal husbandry cannot be managed in the best possible way. Animal records are an essential basis for husbandry and management decisions. As an increasing number of species are managed regionally and globally, accurate animal records are critical in the decision-making process to enhance population management and conservation initiatives.
Therefore the assembly asked members to support ISIS (International Species Information System) and make use of ZIMS (Zoological Information Management System) in order to implement animal management and conservation activities.
WAZA in Support of Sustainable Palm Oil Production
Palm oil is an ingredient found in a large proportion of food and grocery products, such as snack foods, baked goods, soap products and cosmetics. Its production continues to grow rapidly and is expanding from South East Asia to many other developing nations throughout Africa and South America. The rapid rise in palm oil production and consumption has resulted in huge expanses of forest being cleared, at the cost of people, wildlife and the environment. Many endangered species are facing extinction as a result, including the Sumatran Tiger, both species of orang-utan, Bornean Pygmy Elephant and Sumatran Rhinoceros. As palm oil is globally available, zoos worldwide can play a critical role in highlighting the impact of such a commodity on wildlife amongst their visitors; and lead the way in facilitating a shift to a more sustainable global palm oil market.
Therefore the assembly asked members to support the sustainable production of palm oil and labelling systems, so consumers have a choice when purchasing.