EAZA Press Statement
Parken Zoo, Eskilstuna and Olands Djurpark, Farjestaden.
25 October 2012
EAZA member zoos and aquariums are bound to abide by codes and standards including the EAZA Code of Practice, the EAZA Code of Ethics and the EAZA Minimum Standards for the Accommodation and Care of Animals. New members of EAZA undergo a comprehensive screening process prior to approval of their membership, and existing members are screened on a cyclical basis to ensure these standards are maintained. EAZA takes any allegations of misconduct of its members seriously, and if a member institution is deemed to have breached EAZA’s codes and standards then appropriate action will be taken.
EAZA is aware of recent allegations made in the Swedish media regarding Parken Zoo, Eskilstuna and Olands Djurpark, Farjestaden. The concerns raised by the media are currently being investigated by the Swedish Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (SDF), an Associate Member of EAZA. EAZA and SDF are in close communication, and have agreed to undertake joint screenings of both institutions. The screening teams, consisting of a senior zoo professional from an EAZA member of good standing, a coordinator from the EAZA Executive Office, and representatives of SDF, will assess Parken Zoo and Olands Djurpark according to the standards of both associations. Further action will be taken based upon the findings of the screening teams.
For further information about EAZA contact:
Communications and Membership Manager
Phone: +31 20 520 0750
EAZA has over 345 members in 41 countries and represents the leading zoos and aquariums of Europe and the Middle East. EAZA zoos and aquariums are found in 25 of the 27 EU member States (www.eaza.net).
Formed in 1992, EAZA’s mission is to facilitate cooperation within the European zoo and aquarium community towards the goals of education, research and conservation.