American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization and the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare and well-being, has announced that Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has earned its Humane Certified™ seal, demonstrating the good welfare and treatment given to the creatures in its care.
The American Humane Conservation program’s extensive criteria exhaustively verify the many dimensions of animal welfare and well-being, with areas of evaluation including: excellent health and housing; positive social interactions within groups of animals, as well as between animals and handlers; safe and stimulating environments; and evidence of thorough preparation and protocols established to prevent and manage medical or operational emergencies.
The park passed rigorous and lengthy, expert third-party audits to join fewer than two dozen institutions in the United States in earning the certification.
“We are proud to be certified by American Humane for the animal care we provide each day,” said Jeff Andrews, vice president of Zoological Operations and Conservation Education at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “Beyond maintaining exceptional standards, the zoo team at Busch Gardens continually seeks new ways to enrich the lives of the animals at our park and improve animal welfare.”
The American Humane Conservation program is the first certification program solely devoted to helping verify the welfare, well-being and demonstrably humane treatment of animals living in zoos, aquariums, and conservation centers across the globe.
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