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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Fundacio Lluis Coromina
SBBT - Winner 2018
Sun bear (Helarctos malayanus)

ICZ Keeper 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. The ICZ want to thank Fundació Lluís Coromina for sponsoring this grant.
Please contact the conservation coordinator for more information.

Winner ICZ Keeper Conservation Grant 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.
SSBT - Winner 2018

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Jeunes Animaux Confisques au Katanga    

(Congo, Democratic Republic of the)

Jeunes Animaux Confisqués 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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