In generalProjects 

ICZ represents a resource of over 6,000 keepers worldwide. Zookeepers have a large range of specialized skills and knowledge that can be harnessed for conservation work not only involving conservation breeding of threatened species in zoos and wildlife parks but which can extend into work in the field.
These talents include good observation and identification skills, intimate knowledge of animal behavior, animal handling skills, recording of scientific information and good physical fitness for undertaking strenuous work in the field.
The ICZ Conservation Committee would like to create a database for animal keepers involved in any Conservation Project anywhere in the world. Conservation is very important for ICZ and we would like to share information from these projects as widely as possible.
Our plan is to compile information on all of these projects and encourage the involvement of other zookeeper, or better still maybe some will start new ones of their own. Many conservation projects are run, managed or helped by animal keepers.
Please, send an email for more information.

ICZ Conservation Grant

The ICZ is proud to offer a grant for conservation projects up to the value of $US1,000.

The grant covers work to protect wildlife and their habitat.

Grant recipients will be required to write a short article on the project and how the money is spent for the ICZ newsletter, `Keeper Notes?. Please detail if there is any animal keeper involved in the project (in the country where the project is being done and from abroad).

The grant applications will be assessed by the ICZ grants committee based on who is most able to make best use of the funds.

To apply please supply the following information:

1. General title of the project
2. Location including country
3. Short description of the project in plain English (approximately 500 words)
4. Contact person name, position/role
5. Contact person details including phone, email address and address.
6. How the project is currently funded
7. Amount requested - (please supply a detailed (itemized) budget of how the money will be spent)
8. Is the project part of a recognized recovery project - please give details
9. Referees (2) preferably from a government organisation in the area. Please give name, position, email and phone numbers.
10. If there is any keeper involvement either through volunteer work or fundraising.
11. Explain how the grant may benefit the community through education if applicable.

Please email the application to

ICZ Conservation Grant Guidelines
1.-The grant covers work to protect wildlife and their habitat.
2.-The term of application will be from the 1st of September to the 31th of December, every year.
3.-After that time the grant applications will be assessed by the ICZ Grants Committee based on who is most able to make best use of the funds.
4.-The ICZ will announce the elected application the 1st of February of the same year.
5.-The Grants Committee will evaluate all the applications and will take in consideration the idea of supporting projects in the different continents, as part of the same global vision as it organizes the international congresses in all of them.
6.-For the same vision, we will try to award conservation applications which represent the big variety in animal groups (mammal, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes and invertebrates).
7.-Applications where the animals are distressed or mistreated will not be accepted.
8.-It will be desirable that the project application works with the local government and / or NGO?s as a measurement of the implication in the local and sustainable development.
9.-It will be desirable that the project application gives great importance to the fact of the keeper?s implication in that project.
10-It will be desirable that the grant may benefit the community through education and local economy.
11.-It will be desirable that the grant effect will persist after the agreement is finished.
12.-We will considerate the level of threat for the species focused (IUCN Red List Categories and CITES appendix) and also the level of threat for the habitat and the local community.
13.-We will assess whether the objectives and methods are effective and realistic, and the clarity of the project explanation.
14.-The level of preparation and the staff possibilities (CV attached for the next grant).
15.-Adequacy of the budget in relation to the objectives.
16.-Plan of dissemination about the project and its future results (press-release, facebook, websites, etc)

-The Conservation Committee will discuss and evaluate the applications received and recommend to the ICZ SC the project selected to receive the grant. In the case of a tie the final decision will be up to the SC.
- Within a period of three months after the end of the financial support, the project awarded to ICZ must send a report containing technical report, accompanied by invoices economic justification, description of activities and the use of the financial support received from ICZ, and description of the objectives achieved.

Project Numbat    


Project Numbat Inc is a community based, not-for-profit organisation promoting community awareness and support to save the Numbat, Western Australia´s native mammal emblem, from extinction.

The Numbat is under threat from habitat loss and introduced predators like foxes and feral cats. With an estimated population of less than 1000 individuals, we need your help to protect the future of this unique marsupial.

Project Numbat continues to support Numbat conservation through the development of education and awareness programs, fundraising and support of habitat management, population monitoring and feral predator control.

Project website:

Beads For Wildlife Program    


The Northern Rangelands Trust is an umbrella organisation for 26 community operated Conservancies in Northern Kenya.
NRT´s mission is to develop resilient community conservancies which transform people´s lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources.
The Business and enterprise branch of NRT aims to support sustainable livelyhoods and minimise income generation from wildlife.

The Beads for Wildlife program works with over 900 women in northern Kenya to generate income from selling their unique beadwork through Zoos Victoria. This allows the women to be able to reduce their reliance on unsustainable income sources such as charcoal and livestock and benefits wildlife such as the Grevy´s Zebra.

Brooke Squires was an Africa hoofstock keeper at Werribee Open Range Zoo and is now working with Zoos Victoria´s International programs to assist communities to find sustainable ways for people to live with wildlife. Brooke helped initiate the program set up at Zoos Victoria and coordinates the social research and conservation education with the women in Kenya.

Project website:

SOS Primates    


SOS Primates is a non-profit organization based in Spain and its main objectives are:
  • Distribute information on the biology, ethology and conservation status of primates.
  • Create awareness of the threats facing primates in their habitats.
  • Raise awareness of the welfare of primates in captivity and help to improve unsuitable situations.
  • Spreading the work of primate rescue centers worldwide and colaborate on their work through specific campaigns.
This organization consists of a multidisciplinary team of committed people working in the fields of primatology, animal welfare and conservation. Most have worked and volunteered to primate rescue centers in different countries, knowing firsthand the situation facing this group of animals.
In order to raise awareness of these issues and support a project involved in the conservation of these species, currently SOS Primates is dedicated to supporting the Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro, in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Project website:
Project contact:SOS Primates

Conservation Grant

The ICZ is proud to offer a grant for conservation projects up to the value of $US1,000.
The grant covers work to protect wildlife and their habitat.
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Term of application: 21 September 2015 - 31 December 2015

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