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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

Call for applications
The International Congress of Zookeepers (ICZ) is proud to announce that the application period for the $1,000USD grant for conservation projects is now open! The grant is available to projects that work to protect wildlife & their habitat.

Please send your grant applications or any additional questions to

You can download more information on the application process here.

The deadline for application is December 31, 2022. The recipient will be announced on February 1, 2023.

Winner Grant 2022

The ICZ are pleased to announce the recipient project for the “ICZ Keeper Conservation Grant 2022” ($US 1,000) is “The Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) as an umbrella species to protect the Almorzadero paramo, the local community and the biodiversity“.

This grant will go a long way in supporting the work done by Fundación Parque Jaime Duque to protect the Andean condor. This will also help increase the respect for this endangered species in Colombia, an area of conservation importance.

This project was submitted by Estefanía Gómez Betancurt, Environmental Project Manager from Fundación Parque Jaime Duque, Colombia. She coordinates this project with involvement from raptor keepers from different institutions.

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.

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)