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
Winner Grant 2021
The ICZ would like to announce the recipient for the ICZ Keeper Conservation Grant 2021 ($US 1,000) is the project titled: “Construction of warming ‘room’ to provide shelter for juvenile Indochinese silvered langur (Trachypithecus germaini) and Annamese silvered langur (T.margarita) rescued from the illegal pet trade in Cambodia”.
The Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) is a species conservation project of the Allwetterzoo Münster, Germany, established in 2003 in collaboration with the Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations (ZGAP). One of the first nature conservation centers in Cambodia located in Phnom Kulen National Park. The ACCB currently houses approximately 1000 individuals, 45 species including mammals, reptiles and birds native to Cambodia. Around 90% of the individuals at ACCB are classified as threatened by the IUCN.
The ACCB is a partner of the IUCN SSC Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP) working closely with Cambodian government authorities, and various national and international organizations. ACCB provides full-time employment to 34 Khmer nationals, making up 90% of employees, the majority of them living in nearby communities.
In the past five years ACCB received a total of 19 endangered Indochinese silvered langur (Trachypithecus germaini) and Annamese silvered langur (T. margarita) rescued from illegal pet trade, including young individuals requiring hand-rearing. The current enclosure consists of a ca. 0,25ha ‘open-topped’ natural forest enclosure including a metal fenced area and nursery, allowing the langurs to be managed during feeding time, introductions, medical procedures and enclosure maintenance. The ‘nursery’ area is for young langurs which are strong and mobile enough to be introduced to other young langurs for social interaction, and later introduced to the older females. The nursery has significantly improved the husbandry, care, and welfare of the baby langurs arriving at ACCB.
The ICZ grant will be used for the construction of a ‘warming room’ adjacent to the nursery to provide a much needed heated shelter where the young langurs can warm up, and stay warm, during inclement weather. This is important to prevent health issues for these young primates. For more information on this project please visit their website.
The ICZ want to thank the following sponsors for their generous donations:
- Fundació Lluís Coromina (Spain)
- Oakvale Wildlife Park (Australia)
- Mr. Richard Roswell (Australia)
- Stichting de Harpij (Holland & Belgium)
- Currumbin ASZK Branch (Australia)
- Mr Joe and Mrs Joey Parsons (Aussie Dog)
- AFSA (France)