UK, Zoos Expert Committee

UK, Zoos Expert Committee

Name of organisation 

Zoos Expert Committee 



Terms of reference:

The Zoos Expert Committee replaced the Zoos Form in February 2011. The Committee is an internal advisory body to the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on zoo matters. Its aim is to encourage the role of zoos in conservation, education and scientific research; to keep under review the operation and implementation of the zoo licensing system in the UK and to advise or make recommendations to UK Ministers of any legislative or other changes that may be necessary. 


As of December 2012 there were 11 members.

Working methods

The Committee can investigate any specific aspects of zoo policy and practice falling within its remit; consider any animal-related issue where there is a specific zoo interest and offer advice on animal welfare where no other more suitable body exists through which these views could be more appropriately put; seek and obtain detailed advice or assistance from other persons or organisations with knowledge or experience appearing to the Committee to be relevant to its work.

Contact details

Wildlife Species Conservation Division Defra

Zone 1/14b Temple Quay House 2

The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6EB 


Link to website

Publications Zoos Expert Committee publications

The UK Zoos Expert Committee Handbook 2012 is published on the Defra website at the following address: