Butterfly House’s vital role in conservation

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A national association has praised a Sheffield wildlife attraction for the good work it’s doing in protecting an endangered species of bird.

The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre, in North Anston, has been recognised by The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) for its positive work in protecting the northern bald ibis. BIAZA has compiled a list of the top ten birds benefitting from the work of zoos and aquariums in the UK and Ireland for the past four years.

Andrew Reeve, Centre Manager and Curator at the popular wildlife attraction, said: “The BIAZA report highlights the importance of the conservation work taking place in zoo’s and wildlife centres such as ours. We are very fortunate to have a breeding pair of northern bald ibis, as well as their juvenile at the centre, and we are hoping that the birds will continue to breed.”

Dr Kirsten Pullen, CEO of BIAZA, said: “Pesticide poisoning has had a devastating effect on the number of northern bald ibis left in the world. These birds are reliant on captive breeding to complement field iniatives and places like The Butterfly House are an active part of the global conservation community.”