Two coveted awards for Bristol Zoological Society’s chief executive

Bristol Zoological Society’s chief executive Dr Bryan Carroll has received two coveted awards in less than a week after a career spanning 40 years.

Last night (June 12) he was presented with the Zoological Society of London Outstanding Contributions to the Zoo Community award.

It celebrates excellence and achievement in zoo and aquarium activity, including conservation, education and scientific research.

The award was given to Dr Carroll in recognition of his numerous achievements and the work he has done for the benefit of zoos and the wider zoo community

Dr Carroll, 65, received the ZSL Outstanding Contributions to the Zoo Community award in front of an audience at the annual Stamford Raffles Lecture at London Zoo.

It comes two months before Dr Carroll, who began his career at Jersey Zoo and has been at Bristol Zoo for the past 22 years, retires.

Dr Carroll said he was “extremely grateful and very honoured” to receive the prestigious awards.

He said: “I have been fortunate throughout my career to work at two truly great institutions that have enabled and supported me in the work that I’ve done.  This award is as much a reflection of that, as it is my own endeavours.”

Dr Carroll, who has been chief executive of Bristol Zoological Society for the past eight years, spent his early years in Sutton Coldfield, just outside Birmingham and after taking a zoology degree at Liverpool University, got a job at Jersey Zoo.

He worked there for 18 years, during which time he completed his doctorate on the South American Goeldi’s monkey.

Four days ago Dr Carroll received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

He was presented with the award at BIAZA annual conference in Devon by the executive director of Paignton Zoo Simon Tonge.

Mr Tonge said: “Under Bryan’s leadership the Bristol Zoological Society has gone on to become one of the most important in the world for its primate conservation work.

“His great professional judgment, calmness and sense of humour have made him a wonderful colleague over the years and he will be much missed by his peers.”

Dr Carroll arrived at Bristol Zoo in 1996 as operations manager and later became deputy director. Eight years ago he became CEO.

He has overseen the development of the Zoological Society’s conservation, scientific and educational work and was the driving force behind  Wild Place Project (which is also owned and operated by the Bristol Zoological Society) which opened in 2013 and last year attracted more than 200,000 visitors.


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