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
Winner Grant 2020
The ICZ is pleased to announce the winner of the ICZ Keeper Conservation Grant 2020 is Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary (LWS) is the first and only wildlife rescue center for different species of wildlife in Liberia and officially opened on 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).
The goals of LWS are:
To provide care to confiscated wild animals kept as pets or destined to bush meat, release them whenever is possible or providing them with lifelong care for the ones that cannot be released.
Other important goals also include:
- The protection of sea turtles nesting grounds
- The training of students and communities on wildlife protection
- To raise awareness on illegal trafficking of wildlife in Liberia through education
- Supporting local communities.
So far, 350 animals have entered the sanctuary and more than 175 have been released back into the wild.
The ICZ grant of $1000 would allow us to improve the center’s old quarantine room, which is currently damaged and in need of repair. Improving this facility will make it available for antelopes/ larger animals that need quarantine, or any other animals that can not be housed in the current building. This will greatly improve the facility and care that can be provided at the Sanctuary.
For more information on the Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary please visit their website.
We would like to thank everyone who submitted an application and ofcourse Fundació Lluís Coromina for sponsoring this ICZ grant.