WAZA Welcomes New Member –RZSS Highland Wildlife Park

Posted: 9 February 2024

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is pleased to welcome a new Institution Member to the global zoo and aquarium community – the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) Highland Wildlife Park.

In 1986 RZSS acquired Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig. Highland Wildlife Park, a 105-hectare site situated in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, is now home to over 200 mammals, including native Scottish species such as the Scottish wildcat, as well as rare and endangered animals from the world’s mountains and tundra regions.

WAZA CEO, Dr Martín Zordan said, ‘We are very pleased to welcome Highland Wildlife Park as a WAZA member. The institution has played a crucial role in the recovery of wildcats and three native invertebrate species, and I am confident that our community will have tremendous opportunities to learn from their impactful work.’


David Field, RZSS Chief Executive, said ‘We are thrilled that the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) Highland Wildlife Park is now a member of WAZA. RZSS has long been a part of the global zoo community and this reflects our charity’s dedication to high standards of animal welfare, wildlife conservation and inspiring people to protect, value and love nature.

‘Highland Wildlife Park is at the heart of species conservation action in Scotland. The opening of the nearly £8 million Scotland’s Wildlife Discovery Centre later this year will bring to life the challenges facing wildlife in Scotland and around the world.’

RZSS is working to reverse the decline of species native to Scotland by establishing a restoration centre at Highland Wildlife Park. In addition to the work being done to save wild species, at Highland Wildlife Park RZSS is focusing on supporting conservation breeding, advancing species recovery science, strengthening on-site biodiversity and developing the park as a scientific resource.

Highland Wildlife Park is also a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA).

More information about Highland Wildlife Park may be found on their website.

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