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.

Jeunes Animaux Confisques au Katanga    

(Congo, Democratic Republic of the)

Jeunes Animaux Confisqu?s au Katanga (J.A.C.K.: young animals confiscated in Katanga) is an independent, self-funded NGO that started in Lubumbashi, DRC, in April 2006. Run by Franck Chantereau and his wife Roxane, J.A.C.K. is a Sanctuary for seized chimpanzees.
J.A.C.K. Sanctuary started with a double aim: to stop the illegal trade of apes throughout Lubumbashi and to give the confiscated ape orphans a decent refuge with all the needed love and care. J.A.C.K doesn´t buy and doesn´t sell chimps. J.A.C.K. rescues them with the aim to put them back into the wild which is another step of the project.
The chimp´s crew of the zoo ´Reserve Africaine de Sigean´ promotes this association to the public, and we have adopted 2 orphans babies to help J.A.C.K. cover food and veterinary care for them.

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Booroolong Frog    


The Booroolong Frog is a critically endangered species found in rocky creeks and streams on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range in NSW and Victoria, Australia. It has declined due to a number of threats including chytrid fungus, habitat loss, stream sedimentation, introduced fish and weed invasion. A captive population has been established at Taronga Zoo, where captive breeding protocols have been established and a trial reintroduction was conducted. The current program focuses on educational campaigns within the species range and providing frogs for conservation research.

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The Endangered Primate Rescue Center    


The Endangered Primate Rescue Center is a not for profit rescue center dedicated to the rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of Vietnams endangered and critically endangered primate species. We aim to establish stable captive populations of highly endangered primates as a means for successful reintroduction to their wild habitat and to provide support for protection of viable habitat.
Established in 1993 the center is currently home to 170 primates representing 15 species, including the critically endangered Cat Ba langur, Delacours langur and the Grey-shanked Douc langur.
The EPRC provides unique opportunities for research of these species, developing both husbandry knowledge and knowledge relevant to future conservation of the species in the wild.
The project runs under the Vietnam Primate Conservation Program, a collaboration between Cuc Phuong National Park and Zoo Leipzig, Germany and is operated in partnership by staff from both the local Muong community and staff of Zoo Leipzig.

Project website:

Connaitre et Proteger le Panda Roux    


The association know and protect the red panda (RPPC) was created by French animal keepers in July 2014. The project exists since 2013. The aim is to sensitize a wide audience to the conservation of the red panda and to raise funds for conservation associations in situ. RPPC relayed the information and actions of the Red Panda Network and organize in France the international day of the red panda which takes place every year the third Saturday of September. To be effective, the association has set up a Facebook page and website. You can find varied articles, news about red pandas everywhere in the world, games to learn in funny way, and a photo gallery. RPPC create educational materials of awareness (panels, workshops...) which are available to the Zoological Parks and institutions wishing to use them.

Project website:

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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