Phase 3: Keepers of the Wild

Phase 3: Keepers of the Wild initiative was launched by BIAZA and international conservation charity, World Land Trust (WLT) at BIAZA's 2012 Annual Conference.

The aim of Keepers of the Wild is to raise funds to put more rangers in the field to carry out important conservation work, raise awareness about environmental issues within local communities and protect threatened habitats and wildlife from illegal hunting and logging.

From 2012 to 2013, BIAZA member zoos and aquariums focused their fundraising efforts on Armenia, Brazil, Borneo, and Mexico with project partners of WLT.  Funding was used to support full and part-time ranger salaries, uniforms and vital equipment.

BIAZA zoos spend more than £10m on field conservation every year and this is one great example of how their work extends beyond the zoo grounds, by providing direct support to keepers of the wild.

Keepers of the Wild allowed our members, especially those who were unable to contribute to the BIAZA Reserve Project (because they do not keep South American species), to support rangers throughout nature reserves across the world.

Updates are now sent to project supporters by email. Click below for previous updates: 

Update March 2013

Update September 2013

Update January 2014

Printable project briefs for all WLT's projects can be found here.

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