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Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis), Lincoln park Zoo (U.S.A.) - © Rolf Veenhuizen


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.

Please download our ICZ Keeper Conservation Committee flyer for more information about our work.

ICZ Keeper Conservation Grant

The ICZ offers an annual $1,000USD grant for projects aiming to protect wildlife and their habitats. You can download an overview and some more information about the past grant recipients here.

We would like to ask you to please consider supporting these grants. Any contribution would be beneficial for zookeepers and conservation initiatives worldwide.
Please contact us at for more information, to discuss support arrangements and to become a sponsor.


Call for applications

Applications are accepted from September 1 until December 31st, 2023.

Please download the application form here.

Feel free to contact us at with any questions and to apply. We are looking forward to receiving a lot of applications!


Winner Grant 2023

The ICZ are pleased to announce the recipient project for the “ICZ Keeper Conservation Grant 2023” ($US 1,000) is the “Community-Based Bali Starling Breeding and Release Program and Conservation-Based Education in Melinggih Kelod Village” in Indonesia.

This grant will go a long way in supporting the work done by the project by helping fund vital supplies and equipment.

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 (Spain)
  • Oakvale Wildlife Park (Australia)
  • Mr. Richard Roswell (Australia)
  • Stichting de Harpij (Netherlands & Belgium)
  • Currumbin ASZK Branch (Australia)
  • Mr Joe and Mrs Joey Parsons (Aussie Dog)
  • AFSA (France)

for sponsoring that ICZ grant.