Southampton, PA (PRWEB) October 17, 2009
Bucks County Zoo and A1 Savannahs are the latest facilities to be accredited by the Feline Conservation Federation, an international non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and propagating wild felids.
These two facilities join other USDA licensed zoos, sanctuaries, educational centers, breeding compounds, and private owners who comprise the growing list of FCF accredited facilities.
FCF Facility Accreditation was awarded Bucks County Zoo in Warminster, Pennsylvania. Founder 'Jungle' Joe Fortunato opened the Bucks County Zoo in July 2008.
Mr. Fortunato says, "Operating this zoo is my life's dream. Being accredited by the Feline Conservation Federation is an extreme honor."
The all-indoor zoological facility encloses 5,000 square feet of climate controlled living environments for tropical plants, raptors, tropical birds, primates, reptiles, and many mammal species from around the world.
The Bucks County Zoo also offers outreach programs through its Animal Junction program that exhibits live animal shows to enlighten audiences, while teaching respect and appreciation for wildlife, and the importance of recycling to protect the environment.
Pat Callahan who serves on the five-member accreditation board remarked, "It was a pleasure to review this well documented application. We respect the work done by Bucks County Zoo and congratulate them on their FCF accreditation."
A1 Savannahs, located in Ponca City, Oklahoma, was also approved for FCF accreditation. A1 Savannahs is owned and operated by Martin and Kathrin Stucki. The FCF accreditation board judged A1 Savannahs to be operating with excellence in both facility management and feline husbandry.
"This is a step in the right direction", says Mr. Callahan, adding, "It is important for professional breeders that raise and breed servals to meet high standards of husbandry."
As an FCF accredited facility A1 Savannahs will raise the bar for others and set a positive example about the importance of supporting conservation of wild felids, including servals, which are used in breeding programs to create the exotic hybrid known as Savannahs.
The FCF accreditation is the seal of approval that assures donors, the media, and members of the public that accredited facilities are operating with the highest level of husbandry and management practices, encouraging emulation by others.
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