Argentina 2018

2018 (click here for the full programme)

The 6th International Congress on Zoo Keeping 14 - 18 October 2018 Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The ICZ is excited to be holding our first bilingual congress in Argentina 14 - 18 October 2018. Proudly hosted by Fundacion Temaiken we are aiming to bring together keepers under the theme `Thinking Today - Keeping Tomorrow´ to explore the future of our profession. The congress will be in English and Spanish.

Further information can be gained through updates on this website or
by contacting the congress coordinator and subscribing to the ICZ newsletter keeper notes through our contact page.

Germany 2015

2015 (click here for the full programme)

The 5th International Congress on Zoo Keeping 9 - 13 September 2015 Leipzig, Germany.

The ICZ held its 5th ICZ congress at Zoo Leipzig, Germany, 9-13 September 2015. With a theme ´Lets Zoocialize´ many of the world´s zookeeping community attended and shared their experience and connected with others in the profession. The ICZ appreciates the support that was shown by Zoo Leipzig in sponsoring and hosting this event.
A number of pre and post conference tours were offered. We were able to offer some travel scholarships under the ICZ ´Paul Howse Travel Scholarship Grant scheme´ which was funded from the auction at the previous congress and from further sponsorships received.

Singapore 2012

2012 (click here for the full programme)

The 4th International Congress on Zoo Keeping 9 - 13 September 2012 Singapore, Singapore.

The 4th International Congress on Zoo Keeping was hosted by Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

This conference themed ´Many Voices, One Calling´ brought together keepers and zoo professionals from around the World for the objectives of enhancing the professionalism of Zoo Keepers and the welfare of the wild animals in their care. Delegates from every country have contributed much. We encouraged keepers to share their knowledge and experiences in the field of Zoo Keeping with their fellow keepers.
We heard Many Voices committing to our One Calling!

United States 2009

2009 (click here for the full programme)

The 3rd International Congress on Zoo Keeping 24 - 29 September 2009 Seattle, United States.

The 3rd International Congress on Zoo Keeping and the 36th American Association of Zoo Keepers National Conference was hosted by The Puget Sound Chapter of AAZK and WoodlandPark Zoo on September 24th- 29th, 2009.
Click here for the conference recap.

This Conference was a huge success and we are already planning for our next which will be held in Singapore in 2012. Dates and details will be announced in due course.
Thank you all for your assistance to make the AAZK and ICZ congress such a big succes!

Australia 2006

2006 (click here for the full programme)

The 2nd International Congress on Zoo Keeping 7 - 11 May 2006 Gold Coast, Australia.

After the First Congress the ICZ´s members decided to continue organising an international congress every 3 years. The second was held in Australia, at the Gold Coast in 2006.

It was in Australia that the Philippine Association (ZAP) and the African association (AKAA) were invited to assist and became members of ICZ.

The next aims for ICZ is to develop ICZ association to make new projects beyond organising congress.

Netherlands 2003


The 1st International Congress on Zoo Keeping 4 - 7 October 2003 Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands.

The first International Congress on Zookeeping was held at Avifauna in the Netherlands between the 4th and the 7th October 2003.

In the time since the first ICZ, the founding representatives from the seven professional Keeper Associations have agreed to work together in developing the group into a formal Association dedicated to the development of Zoo Keeping as a profession at an international level, and assist the establishment of professional Zoo Keeper Associations in those regions where such groups do not currently exist.

Over 300 Keepers from 27 different countries attended the conference and the variety of workshops, paper presentations and other developmental opportunities which were included in the programme. In addition, the tours to a number of zoological facilities within the region allowed everybody to view "behind the scenes" and experience some of the most modern practices in animal husbandry, exhibit design, and visitor and education facilities.

the founding members


The genesis for the first "International Congress on Zookeeping" (ICZ) occurred at a meeting at the AAZK conference, held in Columbus, (Ohio, U.S.A.) in 2000.

Representatives at this meeting were from the seven major regional Associations for professional Zoo Keeping (see below).

As a result of the meeting, it was believed that a common conference for Zoo Keepers from around the world would not only improve the levels of communication between Keepers from different regions, but also serve as a basis for supporting the development of Zoo Keeping as a profession in regions where professional Zoo Keeping Associations did not currently exist.

The primary objectives for holding a conference for Zoo Keepers at an international level was to promote the development and application of professional animal welfare and husbandry techniques amongst Zoo Keepers, which would in turn benefit the wild animals under their care, and contribute to the conservation of wildlife.

The meeting was attended by representatives of:
    -   American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK)
    -   Association of British Wild Animal Keepers (ABWAK)
    -   Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping (ASZK)
    -   Asociación Ibérica de Cuidadores de Animales Salvajes (AICAS)
    -   Association Francophone des Soigneurs Animaliers (ASFA)
    -   Berufsverband der Zootierpfleger (BdZ)
    -   Foundation Harpij (De Harpij)

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