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The ARAZPA award for Graeme Phipps

The ARAZPA Award for Professional Excellence is an occasional award, bestowed by the ARAZPA Board in recognition of an individual?s long term, outstanding contributions to the zoo and aquarium profession and its science or technology.

Graeme was flown to Perth to the latest ARAZPA Conference in April to accept this prestigious award and was welcomed with a standing ovation. Which was followed by a thorough speech where he thank everyone he had worked with in the past and spoke of those industry issues that were nearest to his heart.

Graeme who was previously a Senior Curator at Taronga Zoo, Sydney and is known to most of us in the Zoo industry for his tireless enthusiasm and support for all projects small and large in Conservation and Education taking place Australia wide to which he has invariably donated his time and expertise.

ARAZPA (Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria) is the peak zoo and aquarium organisation in the Australasian region.

ARAZPA was formally established on 3rd April 1990, at Auckland Zoo, New Zealand, and was incorporated in Victoria, Australia, on 30th April 1991.

ARAZPA`s membership includes the major zoos and aquariums in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific Islands.

ARAZPA member institutions support the principles outlined in the World Zoo Conservation Strategy, and continue to develop zoos and aquariums as centres of excellence in conservation, education and research.

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