2022: Awards round-up

February 6, 2023


We were delighted to have been nominated for, and received, several awards in 2022. These awards are a testament to the hard work of our teams here at Marwell.

Queen’s Award

In April, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth gave us the royal seal of approval with a coveted award, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development.

Our citation notes that “Marwell Wildlife is awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development because it shows clear leadership in the sector and for its sustainability culture which runs through the organisation.”

Best Family Attraction

We then won ‘Best Family Attraction’ in Hampshire from the Little Ankle Biters Awards 2022.

Chief Executive James Cretney and Dr duncan East receive an award at the Winchester Business Awards
Stuart Martin ©

Excellence Awards

The Winchester Business Excellence Awards honoured us during a ceremony at the University of Winchester after winning ‘Business of the Year’ and ‘Sustainable Business Award’. The awards recognise achievements including our world-first facility that turns zoo poo into renewable energy and our commitment to reaching carbon-neutral status.

An Achievement Among Zoos

In the summer we won 5 awards at the annual BIAZA awards! We’re thrilled to have won awards in the following categories:

BIAZA Bronze award in the Exhibits category, for our work titled: A regional biotope exhibit for swift parrot (Lathamus discolor) and long-nosed potoroo (Potorous tridactylus).

BIAZA Silver award for Behaviour and Welfare for safeguarding animal welfare during large-scale veterinary procedures through cross-team collaboration and planning.

BIAZA 2022 Gold Award for Sustainability for our innovative Energy for Life: Tropical House where we heat the zoo with poo.

BIAZA Animal Husbandry, Care, and Breeding Gold award for advances in Livefood Management at Marwell Wildlife.

A Worldwide Win

In November we were honoured to win the 2022 WAZA Environmental Sustainability Award for our long-term goals and commitment to reducing our use of carbon, and water and improving our waste management.

Last but by no means least, we won the Blooloop Innovation Award for Sustainability for our world-first Energy for Life initiative where we generate renewable energy from the poo from some of our endangered species.

Last, but not least…

We were also grateful to be finalists for the Central South Business Awards and to be nominated for the Muddy Stilettos award 2022 for “Best Family Attraction”.

James Cretney, Chief Executive of Marwell Wildlife said: “Many of these awards and nominations were the result of work on our sustainability aims, particularly converting ZooPoo into energy that we use to heat our Energy for Life: Tropical House.

“The scheme has been such a success that we are now heating many of the larger buildings within the park using energy from our zoo poo energy centre.

“This work has been led by our Head of Sustainability, Dr. Duncan East, who has been unveiled as one of the 50 most influential people working in zoos around the world by Blooloop!”