|We are a small, conservation organisation based in Germany with thirty-five members worldwide. The membership includes teachers, zoo workers, zoo directors, veterinarians, public officials, business people, pensioners and ordinary, concerned citizens. Our funding comes mainly from their membership dues and regular donations. We are a registered charity and have tax exemption status. We are "pro-zoo" and liase with all national and international bodies. All of our work is voluntary and unpaid. We have six main aims:
A. To facilitate co-operation, co-ordination and information exchange between all those concerned with wildlife and the environment.
B. To further environmental and wildlife education, especially for children. To enable people of all ages to come into physical contact with live animals, both domestic and wild, so that personal contact will lead to a better understanding of wildlife and conservation needs.
C. To encourage the scientific collection of data concerning the status of animals in captivity and to actively distribute this information for the benefit of both animals and humans.
D. To encourage species-specific animal care & management of captive animals. To assist ex-situ preparations for an eventual release of captive populations into the wild.
D. To encourage environmental conservation as set out in Agenda 21 of the Rio de Janeiro conference.
E. To be active in promoting in-situ conservation of species and habitat.
Part of our activities centre around communication through the internet and we run nine websites. One of these sites is devoted to the exchange of zoo animals in Europe and we intend to introduce a similar free service in the US.
We produce a hard-copy directory of all European zoos and conservation institutions. Most of this data is also available on-line.
Every year, in February, we organise a conference in Europe on current zoo developments. This is in German and the tenth symposium will be held in Landau in 2004. Over 120 speeches have been delivered covering every aspect of zoos and their activities. Some of these contributions have been critical of zoos and their practices.
We actively support in-situ conservation projects in the Philippines and Vietnam with financial and physical aid.
A list of our web sites with links: