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.
ICZ Keeper Conservation Grant
The ICZ is proud to offer a grant for conservation projects up to the value of $1,000 USD.
The grant covers work to protect wildlife & their habitat.
The ICZ want to thank Fundació Lluís Coromina for sponsoring this grant.
Winner Grant 2019
The ICZ are pleased to announce the recipient for the ´ICZ Keeper Conservation Grant 2018´ ($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.