The Secretary of State specifies minimum standards that zoos in England are expected to meet.
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The standards have received a technical update and include a new standard on the keeping of elephants in zoos.
Defra’s Animal and Plant Health Agency is responsible for maintaining a list of Secretary of State Zoo Inspectors through its Zoos Inspectorate. Inspectors are expected to refer to the standards when carrying out inspections.