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BIAZA pictures raise awareness

10 November, 2015 - 11:51 -- World Land Trust
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Photos taken in British and Irish zoos of species found in Argentina are highlighting a fundraising effort led by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA).

In partnership with World Land Trust (WLT), BIAZA members are raising funds to save a property in the threatened Yungas forest of northern Argentina. To raise awareness, BIAZA staff are snapping pictures of species found in Argentina they spot on their visits to member collections.

So far pictures have been taken at Blackpool Zoo and Yorkshire Wildlife Park, highlighting the connection between zoos in Britain and Ireland and Argentina.

BIAZA is aiming to raise £15,000 by the end of 2016. Together with donations from other WLT supporters, BIAZA’s contribution will help save El Pantanoso, a property of around 10,900 acres (4,400 hectares). El Pantanoso protects an incredible diversity of species and is home to one of the few remaining populations of Jaguar in Argentina.

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So far BIAZA staff have photographed species such as Magellanic Penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus), Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), Patagonian Mara (Dolichotis patagonum) and Yacare Caiman (Caiman yacare).

Join the campaign

Next time you visit a zoo look out for species found in Argentina. In 2016 WLT will be holding a competition for the best picture from a zoo of a species found in Argentina. The competition will be launched on WLT’s Facebook page early next year, with a prize for the winner. More information on WLT website in due course.

More information

WLT works in partnership with BIAZA and its members through the Wild Spaces programme. For more information about how your zoo, wildlife park or aquarium can get involved with Wild Spaces, please contact Kelly Jacobs, Wild Spaces Project Manager, education@worldlandtrust.org.

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