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.
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ICZ Keeper Conservation Grant

Call for submissions

The ICZ is proud to offer a grant for conservation projects up to the value of $1,000 USD.
The grant covers work to protect wildlife & their habitat.
Grant recipients will be required to write a short article on the project & how the funds were spent for the ICZ newsletter, `Keeper Notes´. To apply please provide the following information:
  • General title of the project.
  • Location, including country.
  • Short description of the project in English (approx. 500 words)
  • Contact person´s name, position/role, phone, email, address, & CV attached.
  • How is the project currently funded?
  • Amount requested (please provide an itemized budget).
  • Is the project part of a recognized recovery project - please give details
  • References (2) required. Preferably from a government organization in the area. Please provide name, position, email & phone.
  • Is there any keeper involvement either through volunteer work or fundraising? (within the country and / or from abroad).
  • Explain how the grant may benefit the community through education (if applicable).

    ICZ Keeper Conservation Grant Guidelines

  • Applications accepted from the 1st of September- 31th of December annually.
  • The ICZ Conservation Committee will then review the applications based on who is most able to make best use of the funds. In the instance of a tie, the final decision will be up to the ICZ Steering Committee Members.
  • Grant Recipient will be announced on the 1st of February.
  • The Conservation 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.
  • For the same vision, we will try to award conservation applications which represent the big variety in animal groups (mammal, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes & invertebrates).
  • Applications where the animals are distressed or mistreated will NOT be accepted.
  • It is desirable that the project works with the local government and / or NGO´s as a measurement of the implication in the local and sustainable development.
  • It is desirable that the project application gives great importance to the keeper´s implication in that project.
  • It is desirable that the grant benefits the community through education & local economy.
  • It is desirable that the project will persist after the Conservation Grant is finished.
  • 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 & the local community.
  • We will assess whether the objectives and methods are effective and realistic, and the clarity of the project explanation.
  • The level of preparation & the staff possibilities.
    Fundacio Lluis Coromina
  • Adequacy of the budget in relation to the objectives.
  • Plan of dissemination about the project & its future results (press releases, social media, websites, etc.)

    Within a period of three months after the end of the financial support, the project must send a report containing; technical statement, invoices, description of the objectives achieved and a description of objectives in the future.
    Please email the application to

    The ICZ want to thank Fundació Lluís Coromina for sponsoring this grant.

    Winner ICZ Keeper Conservation Grant 2018

    SSBT - Winner 2018
    The ICZ would like to announce the recipient for the ´ICZ Keeper Conservation Grant 2018´ ($US 1,000) is the project titled: `Sumatran Sun Bear Team Conservation and Rescue Centre (SSBT)´.
    The SSBT will create a rescue and conservation centre for the sun bear (Helarctos malayanus), classified as `Vulnerable´ for the IUCN.
    The project is in Bukit Lawang, Sumatra (Indonesia) and will work with the local community through ecotourism and educational programs. In this area there have been several conflicts between sun bears and farmers. The area is very close to Gunung Leuser National Park, a place visited for tourists willing to spot orangutans, so the plan is to link the protection of both specie´s.
    The project was submitted by Lesley Small, an experienced keeper from Taronga Conservation Society, in Australia.
    All the projects submitted were of a very high standard and the panel of judges had a difficult time in scoring the submissions. Congratulations!!!
    We will keep you updated about the work done by them and again we want to thank Fundació Lluís Coromina for sponsoring that ICZ grant.
  • Ugandan Wildlife Education Centre    


    In 1952 the Ugandan Wildlife Education Centre, popularly known as Entebbe Zoo, was opened as rescue and rehabilitation centre for Ugandan wildlife. In 1994 UWEC began to focus primarily on Conservation Education. Today, just on 175,000 school children visit the Zoo each year helping the zoo to achieve it´s vision to be the leading centre for Biodiversity Conservation Education in Africa. The zoo is a primary partner to the Jane Goodall Institute Uganda and assists with the housing of chimpanzees rescued from the illegal trade in wildlife. Entebbe Zoo also plays an integral role in assisting the Ugandan Wildlife Authority with wildlife translocations to national parks throughout the country and with in situ breeding programs.

    Project website:

    The West African Primate Conservation Action    


    The West African Primate Conservation Action is a local NGO working to safeguard the future of the Endangered primates of Ghana and Cote d´Ivoire, notably the white-naped mangabey, the Roloway monkey, the white-thighed Colobus and Miss Waldrons Colobus. An initiative of Heidelberg Zoo and funded by a membership of 18 Zoological Collections WAPCA works in three key conservation areas: management of an EEP captive breeding programme in two sites (the Endangered Primate Breeding Centre in Accra Zoo and the Forested Enclosure in Kumasi Zoo), holistically working with and empowering local communities in the habitat range of the remaining wild primate populations and increasing our knowledge so best to care and protect them through the WAPCA Research Group a collaboration of international and local Universities.

    Project website:



    Wildtracks is a non-profit organisation located in Sarteneja, Belize, which is working towards the sustainable future of the natural resources for the people of Belize, through conservation, research, education and sustainable development.
    Part of the conservation and Research programme are two wildlife rehabilitation facilities, specialising in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of primates and manatees.
    Both howler and spider monkeys are endangered species, with populations disappearing at an alarming rate as forests are cleared and as they are hunted for their young. Wildtracks takes in these animals, nursing them back to health, integrating them into troops and preparing them for re-release. The Antillean manatee population is also suffering as a result of an increase in boat strike victims. These manatees will remain at the centre until they are strong enough to be released back out into the lagoon.
    The centre relies heavily on the help and support of volunteers particularly with animal husbandry or rehabilitation experience.

    Project website:

    The Silvery Gibbon Project    


    The main project we fund is the Javan Gibbon Centre in Java, Indonesia. We fund the housing requirements for the gibbons, medical supplies, staff wages, food etc. The SGP has also funded the release of four groups of gibbons to date and the most recent release was a family group. You can find out more on our website. We also assist other projects such as Kalaweit through funding and support.

    Project website:

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