Welcome back to Zookeeper Diaries, dear readers! Today, we continue our series on famous and influential figures in the world of animal care and conservation. In this post, we’re featuring Miranda Stevenson, a British zoologist who has made significant contributions to the development of zoo standards and animal welfare practices. Let’s delve into Miranda’s remarkable career and her enduring impact on the global zoo community.
A Passion for Zoology
Miranda Stevenson’s love for animals was evident from a young age. She pursued her passion by studying zoology at the University of London, eventually earning her Ph.D. in primate behavior. After completing her education, Miranda embarked on a career in zookeeping, working with a wide variety of species, including primates, birds, and reptiles.
A Pioneer in Zoo Standards
Miranda’s dedication to animal welfare and her scientific background led her to become involved in the development of zoo standards. In 1984, she played a critical role in founding the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), which works to promote the highest standards of animal care, welfare, and conservation among its member institutions.
Director of BIAZA
In 2001, Miranda was appointed as the Director of BIAZA, a position she held for over a decade. During her tenure, she championed the development and implementation of rigorous zoo licensing standards, ensuring that BIAZA members upheld the highest level of animal care, education, and conservation efforts.
Miranda’s work extended beyond the United Kingdom, as she was also involved in the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). Her influence on global zoo standards has helped to raise the bar for animal care and welfare worldwide.
A Lasting Legacy
Although Miranda Stevenson retired from her role as BIAZA’s director in 2013, her impact on the world of zookeeping and animal welfare continues to be felt. Her tireless advocacy for the highest standards of care, education, and conservation in zoos and aquariums has made her a respected and influential figure in the field.
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