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Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) – Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka. | © WAZA, Gerald Dick


Founded at a time when zoos and aquariums were looking so much different from today, our organization has been developed into an acknowledged stakeholder of the community! Our work, our goals and the corresponding mission and vision have been transformed and improved over the decades as did the zoological gardens themselves.

Zoos in many aspects mirror the changes of society and are an integrated part of it. They are a window into wild nature for visitors of all ages and as such more urgently needed than ever before! Today WAZA aims to be the unifying voice of zoos and aquariums around the world – a great vision but a huge challenge as well. Together we can accomplish being a well recognized ambassador for wildlife and its conservation!

I wish you a very successful and satisfying year 2012! Jörg Junhold WAZA President © Zoo Leipzig

It is with great pleasure and pride that we celebrate the 77th anniversary of WAZA in 2012!


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The project to re-establish a migratory population of the Northern bald ibis was the first WAZA-branded project, dating back to 2003. Goja, a bird reared in 2009 in Burghausen, Germany, was guided to the wintering area in Tuscany by its foster parent, an ultralight plane, and was the first ibis to return to the breeding sites in July 2011.

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Northern bald ibis or waldrapp (Geronticus eremita). | Š Waldrappteam

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In 1963 IUDZG (International Union of Directors of Zoological Gardens), the predecessor of WAZA, decided that all Union members should refuse to purchase orangutans which have been caught illegally and to offer to assist IUCN by keeping any orangutans and holding them at the disposal of IUCN until such animals could be resettled at a later date.

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Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) – Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, USA. | Š Grahm Jones

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For the European bison two WAZA-branded projects deal with reintroduction in Slovakia and Romania. The European bison studbook was the first one for a wild and endangered species. It was set up and came into effect in 1932. Today WAZA is coordinating the international studbooks, in 2011 there were 121 active international studbooks.

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European bison (Bison bonasus) – Natur- und Tierpark Goldau, Switzerland. | Š Martin Wehrle

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A permanent Executive Office was first established in October 2001 in Berne, Switzerland. In May 2010 WAZA accepted the invitation from IUCN to move offices to the newly established Conservation Centre in Gland at the IUCN headquarters.

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Current staff, from left to right: Monica Gamp (PA/office management/accountant), Carole Lecointre (marketing/communication), Gerald Dick (Executive Director), Gabriela Allen (office support), Laura Penn (77 years WAZA book contract), Markus Gusset (conservation/international studbooks). | Š WAZA

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In 2012 the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats (EUROBATS) have joined together to celebrate the Year of the Bat. WAZA is an official partner of this campaign.

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Indian flying fox (Pteropus giganteus) – Tierpark Berlin, Germany. | © WAZA, Gerald Dick

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In 2009 the WAZA aquarium community and partners developed the World Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Strategy Turning the Tide: a Global Aquarium Strategy for Conservation and Sustainability.

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Pacific sea nettle (Chrysaora fuscescens) – National Aquarium Baltimore, USA. | Š George Grall

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WAZA has joined forces with IUCN to conserve amphibians by creating the Amphibian Ark (AArk). Since 2006 AArk helps to address the ex situ components of the IUCN Amphibian Conservation Action Plan.

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Red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas) – El Valle de Antón, Panama. | © WAZA, Gerald Dick

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In 1960 IUDZG supported for the first time an international wildlife project, the African Special Project of IUCN. The objective was to maintain and preserve all African wildlife for the benefit and edification of the future generations for all mankind.

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Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) – Osaka zoo, Japan. | Š WAZA, Gerald Dick

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With a growing number of aquarium members, water-related species conservation gains more and more momentum. As part of WAZA’s corporate strategy a focus is established on getting more aquarium members, already in 2010 and 2011 six new aquarium members joined the global network, more are to follow.

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Regal angel (Pygoplites diacanthus) eating on sea urchin – Tiergarten Schönbrunn, Austria. | © Tiergarten Schönbrunn

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In 1958 IUDZG attempted to influence conservation policy by asking the president of the “Chinese Popular Republic” to take rigorous measures to protect the giant panda from being hunted or captured.

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Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) – San Diego Zoo, USA. | © WAZA, Gerald Dick

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In 2009, under the umbrella of WAZA, over 100 zoos joined forces to support the Year of the Gorilla campaign. The ambassadors in the zoos helped to raise awareness, focus on environmental education and fund field conservation projects.

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Western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) – San Diego Zoo, USA. | Š WAZA, Gerald Dick

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Although climate change has been already addressed at the 1994 and 2006 WAZA Annual Conferences, in 2009 a petition was agreed to ask the UN Secretary General to work on an agreement to reduce atmospheric CO2 emissions to the safe level of <350 ppm.

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Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) – Svalbard, Norway. | © Rick Barongi

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