Conference awards recognise zoo and aquarium excellence
Over 300 delegates joined us online throughout last week for the Australasian Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) Conference and Awards 2021.
The Awards Ceremony provided a chance for ZAA to recognise progress, innovation and to celebrate sector excellence from zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and South Pacific Islands.
Twelve awards were presented for six categories, including the Conservation, Engagement, Sustainability, Exhibit, Employee of the Year and ZAA Meritorious Awards, which highlight some of the incredible contributions of ZAA members to our planet, wildlife and communities.
The awards presented this year were created for our winners by people with a range of disabilities working at Lasercraft Australia.
Lasercraft’s vision is to provide supported employment for people living with disabilities. Today, they are proud to have trained and supported hundreds of people living with disabilities, making a genuine difference in their lives and the lives of their families and carers. Through training and the use of the latest technology their supported employees are able to manufacture quality awards, plaques, and business products and ship to anywhere in Australia and New Zealand. Thanks to the team at Lasercraft for creating the ZAA Awards.
This year’s submissions were of a very high standard and were judged to a specific set of criteria by a panel of judges across the membership in addition to an external judge. The Zoo and Aquarium Association are proud to announce the winners of the 2021 ZAA Awards as follows: