News release - Issued by Flamingo Land
A Yorkshire tourist attraction has scooped a top award from the British and Irish Zoological Association recognising its commitment to providing an educational day out for all the family.
Flamingo Land Resort Yorkshire was given the accolade for its ‘Mia and Mylo’ show which visitors can enjoy daily at the park. The award was given because the show used new scientific evidence from work by Ph.D. candidate Sarah Spooner from the University of York, which resulted in more than 14,000 children learning about animals and their conservation.
“We are delighted to win this award from such a respected charitable organisation and feel that it reflects the work that we do at our animal collection and theme park to be a visitor attraction with conservation at its very heart,” said Sarah Mills Director of Marketing Flamingo Land Resort Yorkshire.
The show, created by Hayley Richardson, head of Entertainment at Flamingo Land UK, sees meerkats Mia and Mylo, who are brother and sister, capture the imagination of visitors as they are taken on an educational journey about how Flamingo Land helps deliver the message that UFP* and CIRCLE* are working to protect and conserve animals and rainforests in Africa.
With a cast of vibrant and fun characters who explain using simple messages and re-written popular songs all about who they are and where they come from. Francesca the flamingo, Lalaina the Lemur and Meerkats Mia and Mylo sing and dance their way through this incredible show that is not just educational, it's also great fun and is suitable for children of all ages. The adults in the audience can also learn some new and interesting facts about some of the animals and exhibits that make their residence at Flamingo Land Resort's fabulous zoo.
Dr Kirsten Pullen, Director of BIAZA, said, “The standard of award submissions was incredibly high this year and I’m delighted that Flamingo Land Resort Yorkshire has achieved an award for its ‘Mia and Mylo’ project.
“As we celebrate 50 years of ‘Working Together for Wildlife’ we have an opportunity to reflect on the incredibly important work do in conservation and the significant contributions our members make in educating the public about our natural world and inspiring them to protect it. The zoo and aquarium community has come an incredibly long way since the Association came into being, but we must continuously strive to improve. This event has provided us with an opportunity to bring our members together to remind ourselves of how far we have come and reinforce our commitment to animal welfare, conservation, education and scientific research.”
Director of Conservation at Flamingo Land Resort Yorkshire and Senior Lecturer at the University of York, Dr Andy Marshall concluded; “The entire Flamingo Land team works very hard to raise, protect and enhance an animal collection that supports conservation projects across the globe. We work incredibly closely with BIAZA to support its breeding and conservation programmes and to have one of our attractions recognised by them is very pleasing.”Further information regarding the work of BIAZA can be found by visiting www.biaza.org.uk whilst information regarding Flamingo Land can be found by visiting www.flamingoland.co.uk
*UFP - Udzungwa Forest Project
*CIRCLE – The University of York’s Centre for Integrated Research, Conservation and Learning, based at Flamingo Land
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