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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.
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  • 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 2019

    The ICZ are pleased to announce the recipient for the ´ICZ Keeper Conservation Grant 2018´ ($US 1,000) is `Wildtracks - Conservation, Education and Research´.
    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.
    Spider Monkeys are an endangered species with populations disappearing at an alarming rate as forests are cleared and 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.
    This grant will therefore go a long way to ensuring the country´s first released Spider Monkeys are adequately monitored and their development recorded to not only ensure the survival of these endangered primates but aid in the progress of future Spider Monkey releases in Belize.
    This project was submitted by Lorraine Miller, an experienced keeper from Twycross Zoo in England.
    Thank you to everyone who submitted an application. All the projects were of a very high standard and the panel of judges had a difficult time in scoring the submissions.
    We will keep you updated about the work carried out by all the projects and again we want to thank Fundació Lluís Coromina for sponsoring that ICZ grant.
  • Northern Corroboree Frog    


    The Northern Corroboree Frogs is a critically endangered species found in south-eastern Australia. It has declined primarily due to the amphibian chytrid fungus, drought and weed invasion. To prevent the extinction of this species, an insurance colony has been established at three institutions. Captive breeding techniques have been established and reintroductions have been taking place since 2010. This includes the reintroduction of egg, tadpoles, juvenile frogs and some adults.

    Project website:

    Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe e.V.    


    Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe e.V. (Mountain Gorilla & Rainforest Direct Aid) was founded in 1984, this non-governmental organization aims to provide unbureaucratic
    and direct aid towards the protection of Gorillas and their shrinking natural habitats.
    We don´t restrict our work to Mountain Gorillas anymore, but also support projects
    for endangered Gorillas in other parts of Africa, like the Cross River Gorilla in Nigeria
    and Cameroon. Many of our projects benefit the local population, too, as no conservation
    initiative can succeed in the long-term without acceptance by the people who share the
    environment with the animals.

    With about 400 members, our association is rather small but very effective as the Board
    of Directors works on a voluntary basis, so administration costs are very low, and a high
    percentage of membership fees and donations go directly into the projects. Twice a year
    we publish the `Gorilla Journal´ in three different languages (German, English, French).

    Project website:

    Grupo Lobo    


    Grupo Lobo (Wolf Group) is an independent, non-profit association, recognized as public utility, founded in 1985 with the goal to contribute to the Conservation of Iberian Wolf and its habitat in Portugal, where the wolf is threatened of extinction.
    In 1987 Grupo Lobo established a conservation strategy entitled Signatus Project. This project aims to contribute to the conservation of the Iberian Wolf in Portugal through a multidisciplinary approach.
    To increase awareness on wolf ecology and behaviour, talks and seminars are organized and didactic and divulgation material are produced and disseminated. Talks to students and the general public are also conducted throughout the country, as well exchanges information with wolf experts and organizations all over the world.
    Grupo Lobo it is also responsible for the establishment and current management of the `Centro de Recuperação do Lobo Ibérico - CRLI´ (Iberian Wolf Recovery Centre). The center was created in order to provide a suitable environment and a safe sanctuary for wolves that can no longer live in the wild, or have been rescued from illegal captivity, injured or disabled.
    Grupo Lobo works with local communities in way to recover and promote the use of livestock guarding dogs of national breeds as a measure to reduce wolf damage and the resulting conflicts.

    Project website:

    L´Association de Sauvegarde et d´Accueil des Perroquets    


    The Association to Shelter and Aid Parrots (L´Association de Sauvegarde et d´Accueil des Perroquets - ASAP) is devoted to safeguarding and supporting lost, seized, and abandoned parrots. It shelters all types of parrots regardless of their age, behaviour, or previous ownership (individuals or government bodies). They fight against the illegal and abusive trade of parrots, and against their removal from the wild by: regular presentations in schools, informative and educational exhibits, serving as an information centre for individuals and provide advisory services for veterinarians.

    Project website:

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