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

    SBBT - 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.
  • Save the Drill    


    Drills are living in Nigeria, Southwest Cameroon, and on Bioko Island in groups of up to 40 or more members, including several adult males. Logging, establishment of new settlements and hunting for ´bushmeat´ are the main reasons for the threat of extinction of the Drill. Infants (´bushmeat orphans´) are often purchased as pets. Today, there are only approx.3000 individuals left in the wild and this population is continually critically endangered.

    Our goal is the promotion and preservation of drills in their natural environment. The projects, wich are supported by ´Save the Drill´ are the Limbe Wildlife Center in Cameroon and the Drill Ranch in Nigeria (in Calabar and in the Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary).

    In this wildlife rescue and rehabilitation and breeding centers, education, conservation and integration of the human population in environment plays an important role.

    Work is in progress to reintroduce the Drill back into their natural habitat.

    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:

    ABC Conservation    


    ABConservation is the first association in the world that is entirely dedicated to the study and protection of the Arctictis binturong. Its first mission is to raise awareness of binturongs among a broad audience (the more people get interested by a species, the more they can be willing to protect it). On the May, 9th 2015 took place the first World Binturong Day created by ABConservation. Thereafter, the association wishes to gather in-situ and ex-situ a maximum number of information on binturongs to better understand it (ongoing mission: recalculate its range through questionnaires sent to searchers, study the different subspecies with the participation of zoological parks and searchers). In the long run, the association has the ambition to create and to participate to awareness projects but also projects for the protection of binturongs and its environment in South-east Asia.

    Project website:

    Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary    


    The Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary is the first and only wildlife rescue center for different species of wildlife in Liberia and officially opened on May 6th 2017. It is a partnership between the Libassa Ecolodge, the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and the Society for the Conservation of Nature in Liberia (SCNL) with the following missions:
    • Provide care and give support to confiscated wild animals kept as pets or destined to bushmeat;
    • Release confiscated wild animals back into nature whenever possible;
    • Provide lifelong care for the animals that cannot be released;
    • Protect sea turtles nesting grounds, guide the hatchlings back to the wild (Atlantic Ocean);
    • Raise awareness on illegal trafficking of wildlife in Liberia;
    • Educate people on Liberia´s wildlife.

    Project website:

    Fundación Temaikén´s Maned wolf Conservation Project    


    The Maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) is a species classified as endangered in Argentina (Sarem, 2006). It is seriously affected by high impact and irreversible phenomena, such as hunting, being run over by cars in routes, modification and fragmentation of the habitat and propagation of diseases through domestic canids. Thus, a large percentage of the maned wolf population kept in captivity is of wild origin and, in the most part, comes from official derivations. Fundación Temaikén´s Maned wolf Conservation Project`s vision consists in ensuring the presence of the species in their habitats, and therefore being respected and appreciated as an emblem of our territory by present and future communities. Through this project we contribute to the Maned wolf conservation by treating injured animals in a Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and decreasing the effects of human activities that are affecting the survival of this species, through education and community work in the field.

    Project website:

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