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AWARDS

Awards Received by the ZSGWS

The Zoological Society of Glasgow and West of Scotland was founded in 1936 to foster interest in animal life. The Society opened its zoological gardens in the Calderpark Estate in 1947. In recent years there has been an enormous amount of redevelopment in the park and Glasgow Zoo has regularly received awards for its successes in wild animal husbandry, also for its employment practices

CSV Awards

CSV: People for People certificate to mark CSV's appreciation of the contribution made by Glasgow Zoo to the development of volunteering with CSV's Homeless Volunteer Project Helping homeless young people awarded on 31st March 1997.

CSV: People for People certificate to mark CSV's appreciation of the contribution made by Glasgow Zoo to the development of volunteering with CSV's Give & Take Project Helping vulnerable young people awarded on 19th December 1997.

The National Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland Meritorious Breeding Awards

To certify that the Federation's Conservation and Breeding Committee has awarded the Zoological Society of Glasgow & West of Scotland Merittorious Awards in recognition of its success in the breeding and rearing to independence of:

  • Leopard ( Panthera pardus ), Category 5: Good Husbandry.
  • 6 Blood Python ( Python curtus ) , Category : 2. First captive breeding and handrearing in U.K., 17th May 1983
  • Geoffroy's cat ( Felis geoffroyi ), Category: 5. Good husbandry. 17th May 1983.
  • 0.1 Geoffroy's cat ( Felis geoffroyi ), Category 1. First captive breeding and rearing in U.K., 17th May 1983.
  • Caracal Lynx ( Felis caracal ), Category: 4 Outstanding breeding success, 17th May 1983.
  • African Porcupine ( Hystrix cristata ), Category 5. Good husbandry, 16th May 1984.
  • Cuban Boa ( Epicrates anqulifer) , Category 4. First record in the UK of 2nd generation breeding, one or both parents having been bred in captivity in a zoo other thasn the home collection, 7th May 1987.
  • 46 Vulturine Guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum), Category 5: Other outstanding breeding success.
  • Gila Monster ( Helodderma suspectum ), Category 1: 1st captive breeding in the U.K. Progeny reared to independence naturally, 3rd May 1990.
  • Gila Monsters ( Heloderma suspectum ), Category 6: Good husbandry, 3rd May 1990..
  • Co-operative breeding project for the Tadpole Shrimp ( Triops cancroformis ), Significant advances in Husbandry & Welfare, May 1997.
  • A successful conservation project fur multi-zoo native species projects, May 1997.

UFAW (Universities Federation for Animal Welfare) Zoo Animal Welfare Award

A UFAW Award made to the Himalayan Black Bear Exhibit 27th June 1989.
Such awards are made by the Federation in special recognition of those exhibits which:

  • allow the animals to live in good health with as near a natural life-style as possible.
  • provide the animals with a sufficiently complex and stimulating environment
  • allow the public to observe and to understand the needs of the animals

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Certificate of Special Commendation for creating a pond which provides a good home for wildlife, and for reaching the finals of The Pondwatch Awards 1991.

Employment Awards

  • Manpower Services Commission Fit for Work Award Winner , In recognition of outstanding achievements in the practical application of positive policies in the employment of people with disabilities. 1987 (for a period of 3 years).
  • Employment Department Fit for Work Award Scheme, In recognition of outstanding achievements in the practical application of positive policies in the employment of people with disabilities. 1990 (for a period of 3 years).

1988 Glasgow Garden Festival

The Zoological Society also coordinated the fund raising, design and management of the Hugh Fraser Tropicarium , the large butterfly and orchid house at the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival. This Tropicarium went on to win the Caithness Glass 'Oscar' - the top award - for Innovation, and a Gold Medal in each of the Horticulture, and Science and Technology categories.