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New member of WAZA council

2017-09-14
New member of WAZA council

The first Pole to become a member of WAZA council

Radosław Ratajszczak, the President of Zoo Wrocław,  has been accepted as a member of the council of  the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).

He is the first member from Poland in the 82 year history of the association to be elected into the council.

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is the most important and prestigious  organization of its kind, founded in  1935 in Basel, Switzerland.

WAZA members include top zoos and aquariums, regional and national associations of zoos and aquariums and some affiliate organizations, such as veterinarians and zoo educators, all of them “United for Conservation”.

In addition, WAZA represents its members in other international organizations, such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN);  collaborates with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).

The worldwide membership of WAZA  includes 350 zoos and aquariums  from 50 countries,  with 700 million visitors each year.

Radosław Ratajszczak has been associated with WAZA since 2007. The second term as the council member shows the appreciation of his person as a manager and wildlife activist. Mr. Ratajszczak  has been working in international organizations for 18 years, where he holds high and responsible positions. He is a council member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA),  and also a member of the EAZA’s  European Endangered Species Programs (EEP), the Committee on Technical Assistance - consulting candidates for membership, and the Conservation Committee- coordinating the in situ conservation activities. Mr. Ratajszczak is a member of  the IUCN’s Conservation Planning Specialist Group, the Primate Specialist Group and the Wild Pig Specialist Group; he held a seat on the Board of Trustees of the International Species Information System-Species360, and  was a member of the  National Nature Conservation Council at the Ministry of the Environment.

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