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Conservation Programmes Manager
Senior Scientific Officer for the Wildlife Department
World Land Trust
Wildlife Vets International
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare
Secretary of State's Standards for Modern Zoo Practice
A biologist by training, Miranda is passionate about conservation and the protection of biodiversity. She has devoted much of the past thirty years to the zoo world, and is presently focused on promoting the invaluable contribution of zoos to education and conservation. She is also currently in charge of the European Association for Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) programme to save one of the worldâ€™s most endangered primates, the cotton-top tamarin. The many prestigious roles she has held and awards she has received are testament to her commitment and experience. In 2013 she ended ten years as Director of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA) â€" the professional body for zoos in Britain and Ireland. Other notable posts have included Director of Marwell Zoo and Deputy Director of Edinburgh Zoo. She is currently a government zoo inspector in the UK, as well as the co vice-chair of EAZAâ€™s Callitrichid (marmosets and tamarins) Taxon Advisory Group. Miranda was awarded an OBE in 2012 for services to conservation and wildlife. Other awards and accolades include the EAZA Award for Professional Excellence, an Honourary Fellowship of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, and Life Membership of WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquaria). In addition, she is a previous winner of the WAZA Heini Hediger Award, which is given for outstanding service to the zoo and aquaria community. Having also worked as an independent consultant in areas relating to zoos, conservation and animal welfare, Miranda brings with her a wealth of management experience in the conservation sphere. Throughout her career she has worked with both captive and wild animals and has seen at first hand the problems that disease and risk from disease can cause. She has been a trustee of WVI since 2012. She is also a trustee of both the World Land Trust and Marwell Wildlife.
Dr. Miranda Stevenson
A biologist by training, Miranda is passionate about conservation and the protection of biodiversity.
Miranda Stevenson Trustee (UK) Miranda Stevenson has played a leading role in the field of zoological gardens and aquaria, first as Curator of Edinburgh Zoo and later as Director of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA). During her time at BIAZA she helped develop the WLT-BIAZA partnership which led to the creation of the BIAZA Reserve in the Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil in 2010, and subsequently the BIAZA Keepers of the Wild programme. In 2012 Miranda was awarded an OBE for her services to wildlife and conservation. She became a Trustee of World Land Trust in 2013.
Miranda Stevenson, Executive Director, British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Dr Miranda Stevenson, Executive Director of BIAZA, said: "Animal adoptions are a great way for people to make a contribution towards the vital conservation, breeding and research work carried out by zoos.
They also make unique gifts, especially for animal lovers or for someone who has everything. And at this time of year, they are a very novel Valentine's Day present!" The results of the survey also showed the least popular animal species were reptiles, smaller birds and lesser known small mammals. Dr Stevenson added: "Many species get overlooked because others are better known or perceived as being 'cuter'.