Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is delighted to have received a whole host of awards recognising the vital and inspiring work that they do both at Jersey Zoo and in the wild.
Jersey Style Awards
Jersey Zoo was delighted to win Visitor Attraction of the Year for the second year running at the prestigious red-carpet event that took place on Thursday 28 July.
Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards
Durrell’s project to restore red-billed choughs to Jersey through Birds On The Edge won the Best Conservation Project at yesterday’s Jersey awards. The prize money for this collaborative entry between Durrell and Ronez will go towards also improving facilities for visiting school groups, providing children’s binoculars and ID information which will allow them to see a conservation project in action.
At the same event, Jersey Zoo’s Education Officer, Sarah Maguire, who also works at the Jersey Biodiversity Centre, won the Best Conservationist prize, and also the People’s Choice Award for Bioblitz Jersey, voted for by the general public.
National Zoo and Aquarium Awards
Jersey Zoo has also been recognised for its work in several categories at the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) annual awards ceremony which took place earlier this month in Devon. Durrell’s new strategy ‘Rewild our World’ won the only Gold Award in the PR, Marketing and Events Category and they also received a Bronze Award in the same category for ‘Durrell’s Underhogs’; a documentary made by Dan Craven about Durrell’s work with the world’s smallest pig.
The expanded Bat Tunnel was given a Silver Award in Behaviour and Welfare for improving the welfare of Livingstone’s fruit bats in captivity and Durrell’s pioneering work with mountain chicken frogs received a Gold Award in the research category.
Jersey Director of the Year Awards
Recently, Durrell’s CEO, Dr Lesley Dickie was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Leadership. This annual award, supported by the Institute of Directors in Jersey, celebrated exceptional leaders across the private, public and volunteer sectors.