The staff at Flamingo Land have been extremely busy during their recent zoo inspection, which meant everything needed to be lovely and clean for the inspectors.
To run as a zoo it is vital that we have a licence according to the Zoo Licensing Act 1981. The act applies to any zoo which members of the public have access, with or without charge for admission, on seven days or more in any period of 12 consecutive months.
The zoo licence lasts for six years. However, the zoo is also inspected halfway through its licence run, every three years, and this was one of those rigorous checks.
Inspections are a very important time as it helps all of our zoo staff to make sure that their day-to-day work in the zoo is at the highest standard for the welfare of our animals and visitors safety; whether it be food preparation, cleaning animal houses or even how we store things – the inspectors are entitled to look at every little detail of the zoo to make sure everything is in tip top shape.
The inspectors are appointed by the local authority and at least one of the inspectors has to be a veterinary surgeon or practitioner.
On the day the inspectors spend the whole day here being shown around by our zoo manager.
They also have meetings with a variety of people such as our chief executive, director of conservation science, zoo veterinarian and education officer.
These meetings will consist of discussions and presentations so that the inspectors can evaluate the research, conservation and education that Flamingo Land carries out. This is part of the Zoo Licensing At and it is incredibly important that we are providing education within the zoo, as well as carrying out research and being actively involved in conservation efforts.
After a long anxious day the zoo staff were delighted to hear that it was excellent news and the inspectors were very impressed with the way everything was carried out and how the animals are looked after at Flamingo Land.
Now our keepers just need to keep up the good work and carry on with the fantastic job they’re doing.