Dudley Zoo was awarded gold in the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) 50th Anniversary awards for our project with the Fen raft spider, which began in 2011.

Working with nine other zoos around the UK, DZ co-ordinated the national programme which involved zoo keepers acting as foster parents to 2450 fen raft spiderlings for two months, feeding and caring for them until they were strong enough to be released into their natural habitat.