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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ABC Conservation    

(Great Britain)

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Maned wolf Conservation Project    


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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.

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Mabuwaya Foundation    


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