Registered Charity in England & Wales No.1165941

ICZ and Wild Welfare partnering for wildlife

Staff checking enrichment

ICZ and Wild Welfare partnering for wildlife

UK animal welfare charity Wild Welfare and the International Congress of Zookeepers (ICZ), are pleased to announce they are working together for animals.

Partnering to support improvements in captive animal welfare, the two organisations will be using their combined efforts to reach animals in even more wildlife facilities around the world.

Wild Welfare’s acting UK director, Simon Marsh, said: “To ensure all animals living in zoos and aquariums receive good care and welfare, it’s vital we work closely with zookeepers and those responsible for their daily care.

“ICZ have a fantastic network of dedicated, enthusiastic wildlife carers in all corners of the globe and by offering them up to date animal husbandry knowledge and empowering them to prioritse animal welfare, we can help improve lives for zoo animals around the world.”

Marked by the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two organisations recently, this partnership, along with other joint activities, will explore how Wild Welfare’s recently launched digital education programme can be used to support animal welfare learning within a number of different countries.

ICZ is a conglomerate of zookeeper associations from around the globe, that focuses on ensuring there is a worldwide network of zookeepers contributing to the highest standard of professional animal care.

Wild Welfare and ICZ both have international zookeeping networks, so by joining forces they will be able to develop welfare capacity by promoting compassionate care and high standards for animals in zoos and aquariums around the world.

ICZ’s President, Liz Notley (Romer) said: “We are very excited about the possibilities of strengthening our support for zookeepers and in turn animal welfare, through this partnership with Wild Welfare.”

Simple, easy to access and user-friendly learning materials are not always readily available for staff caring for captive wildlife, which limits opportunities for practical learning and interest in animal care and wellbeing.

Both organisations hope that by collectively addressing language and cultural barriers, they can ensure Wild Welfare’s education programme and other essential animal welfare resources are easily available and widely applied, helping to advance animal welfare globally.


Notes to Editors

Wild Welfare: For more information or interview requests please contact Wild Welfare on

Wild Welfare is a global organisation committed to improving animal welfare for captive wild animals. By uniting the world’s leading zoos, zoo associations and animal welfare organisations, we build trusting partnerships that help provide long-term solutions to critical wild animal welfare issues.

Our vision is to end the suffering of captive wild animals around the world and ensure full and sustainable protection is given to all animals in human care. Find out more at Registered charity in England and Wales No.1165941.

ICZ: ICZ is a conglomerate of zookeeping associations whose vision is:

“ICZ will contribute to the highest standard of professional animal care by:
• Continuing to build a global network of animal care professionals.
• Supporting regional associations.
• Facilitating the exchange of knowledge and skills.
• Promoting professionalism via training and resource sharing.
• Supporting keepers involved in conservation projects.”

ICZ is currently an incorporated non-profit association in Australia.

Image © Wild Welfare: Zookeepers from North America and Thailand collaborate on a Wild Welfare project