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RZSS joins global coalition #UnitedForBiodiversity
RZSS CEO David Field and Przewalski’s horse.
Move comes ahead of the UN Biodiversity Conference CoP15

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has become the first UK zoo to sign the global coalition #UnitedForBiodiversity.

RZSS joins more than 150 institutions and 25 organisations worldwide that have already joined the coalition, which calls for stronger mobilisation in raising awareness about the need to protect biodiversity. 

The move comes ahead of the UN Biodiversity Conference CoP15, which takes place later this year.

David Field, RZSS CEO, said, “We are proud to join this growing list of international organisations standing together on behalf of biodiversity across the globe.

“Our planet is facing an extinction crisis, with scientists warning that one million species are on the brink of disappearing. The UN Biodiversity Conference offers an opportunity to set new goals and transform our relationship with nature for the better.”

The #UnitedForBiodiversity campaign was launched on World Wildlife Day 2020 by Virginijus Sinkevičius, the EU commissioner for environment, oceans and fisheries. Among the institutions that have already pledged to raise their voices for nature include aquariums, zoos, national parks, research centres and botanic gardens.

The 2021 CoP15 summit will see scientists, heads of state and policymakers adopt a new global framework to protect and restore nature. Current projects being carried out by RZSS Scotland include restoring the Scottish wildcat population and protecting chimpanzees in Uganda.


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Webinar to focus on equine worm control

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 Vets, veterinary nurses and RAMAs are being invited to join a free CPD webinar on late winter and early spring equine worm control.

Hosted by Zoetis vet Dr Wendy Talbot, the webinar aims to help prescribers understand which parasites are of most concern at this time of year. It will also cover how to assess parasite risk, selecting a suitable wormer and spring wormer plans, concluding with a Q&A session.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, 18 March at 10 am and will be repeated at 7 pm for those unable to listen during the day. To book the 10 am webinar, click here, and to register for the 7 pm webinar, click here

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Avian influenza confirmed in Lancashire

A case of highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N8) avian influenza has been confirmed in two captive peregrine falcons on a non-commercial, non-poultry premises near Skelmersdale, West Lancashire.

Following a risk assessment, APHA has declared that no disease control zones have been put in place surrounding this non-commercial, non-poultry premises.

Eighteen cases of HPAI H5N8 have now been identified in poultry and other captive birds in England. A housing order for poultry and captive birds introduced by Defra to control the spread of the disease expired on 31 March, although bird keepers in England are still required by law to comply with biosecurity measures.

For more information, please click here.