Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

The Little Rays Nature Center in Sarsfield has been named one of the winners of Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) Annual Awards of Excellence.

The local wildlife rescue and training center was named the winner of the Peter Karsten Award for Small Facilities. Awarded to Little Ray’s for its wildlife rescue work, the award recognizes institutional achievements in on-site conservation in areas with habitat or support for biodiversity, restoration and / or restoration.

The CAZA Awards of Excellence ceremony was again held almost in 2021. The winners of the Outstanding Achievement Awards 2021 were recognized for their commitment to animal welfare, conservation, science and education. All of the winning facilities have made significant investments to ensure the care of world-class animals and inspire global conservation.

CAZA also recognized volunteers who have contributed their valuable time and effort to the conservation of wildlife at a member institution.

“We are so incredibly proud of the dedication and results of our accredited facilities,” said CAZA CEO Jim Facette. “Their commitment to animal care and leadership in education, conservation, science and animal welfare throughout COVID-19 is remarkable.”

Seven different facilities this year were recognized for their excellent quality. In addition to Little Ray’s Nature Center, the winners included Zoo de Granby, Saskatoon Forestry Farm, African Lion Safari, The Greater Vancouver Zoo, Assiniboine Park Zoo and Toronto Zoo. All were judged to have gained industry expertise.

CAZA is the leading organization in the development of Canadian animal welfare standards. The group’s accreditation process includes expert standards set by leading researchers, biologists and academia, reflecting the latest in animal welfare research, organizational governance and public safety protocols. Through a science-based approach, CAZA’s accreditation bridges the ethical concerns of conservation and the public interest.

The recipients of the 2021 Award of Excellence are:

Thomas R. Baines Award – Great facility
Granby Zoo-Gran Zoo, The New Rhinoceroses’ Multi-Art Habitat

Thomas R. Baines Award – Small Facility
Saskatoon Forestry Farm, Park & ​​Zoo – Prairie Dog Exhibit

Colonel GD Dailley Award – Great facility
African Lion Safari – Asian Elephant Program

Colonel GD Dailley Award – small facility
Greater Vancouver Zoo – Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery Program

Peter Karsten Award – Large facility
African Lion Safari – Elephant Conservation

Peter Karsten Award – Small Facility
Little Rays Nature Centers – Wildlife Rescue

Eleanore Oakes Award – Great facility
Assiniboine Park Zoo – Beluga Bits
Toronto Zoo – Climate Action Learning & Leadership (CALL)

Eleanore Oakes Award – small facility
Saskatoon Forestry Farm, Park & ​​Zoo – Interactive and online environmental education programs

This year’s voluntary award
Toronto Zoo – Pam Paterson

Zoo / Aquarium Professional Award
Granby Zoo – Rock Boily (Veterinary Technician)

To learn more about CAZA and the Outstanding Achievement Awards, visit

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