A trainer at Banham Zoo has winged his way to an international award following an annual conference across the pond in Dallas, Texas.
Andy Hallsworth, head animal trainer at Banham Zoo, and his team entered some of the zoo’s quaker parakeets into the Best Interpretive Behaviour of the Year category at the annual International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE) conference in February.
Despite being up against stiff competition, Mr Hallsworth and his team beat eight other entries to scoop the award.
‘When it was played during the awards ceremony, I was pleased to see that it got a great reception,” he said.
“However, there were eight other submissions in the Interpretive Behaviour category, including San Diego Zoo, California, all of which were showing equally impressive behaviours in their displays.
“I honestly didn’t think that we had much of a chance of winning so I was astounded and delighted to hear my name announced.
“I was so proud to receive and accept it on behalf of my team and the zoo.”
The quaker parakeets at the zoo take part in the Amazing Animals displays, where they show their unusual nest building behaviour.
They are the only parrot species that builds a nest from twigs, and have been at the zoo taking part in shows for several months.
The IAATE award plaque is set to go on display at the zoo soon.