Who are we



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Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE)

Formed in 2000 and launched globally in 2005, the Alliance for Zero Extinction(AZE) engages 88 non-governmental biodiversity conservation organizations working to prevent species extinctions by identifying and safeguarding the places where species evaluated to be Endangered or Critically Endangered under IUCN-World Conservation Union criteria are restricted to single remaining sites.

Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA)

The Amphibian Survival Alliance protects amphibians and their habitats through dynamic partnerships worldwide. By focusing on amphibians, and the sites and habitats upon which they depend, the ASA is working to improve the quality of life for amphibians, for other wildlife (biodiversity), and for people around the world.

Bern Convention

The Bern Convention brings together 50 Parties (including the European Community and 4 African States), and 59 Observers (among which 21 International organisations and the most important INGOs in the field). It aims to conserve Europe’s wild flora and fauna and their natural habitats, including vulnerable and migratory species. The treaty also takes account of the impact that other policies may have on natural heritage and it recognizes the intrinsic value of wild flora and fauna, which needs to be preserved and passed to future generations.

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The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) is the professional organization representing the zoo and aquarium community in Britain and Ireland. Founded in 1966 (as the Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland), it is a conservation, education and scientific wildlife charity. Today, almost all significant zoos and aquariums are members of BIAZA, which is their coordinating and representative voice.

BirdLife International

BirdLife International is a Partnership of 116 national conservation organisations and the world leader in bird conservation. BirdLife’s unique local to global approach enables it to deliver high impact and long term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.


Chico Mendes Institute for Conservation of Biodiversity, Ministry of Environment of Brazil (ICMBio)

The Chico Mendes Institute for Conservation of Biodiversity (ICMBio), is the implementing body for biodiversity conservation in  Brazil, the most diverse country in the world.

ICIMBio is binded to the Ministry of Environment of Brazil (MMA), Goverment of Brazil and is in charge of fostering and implementing programs of research, protection, and conservation of biodiversity. It has the power to enforce environmental protection of  Brazil's Federal Conservation Units.

Conservation Evidence

Conservation Evidence is a free, authoritative information resource designed to support decisions about how to maintain and restore global biodiversity. It is based at the University of Cambridge, UK, with collaborators and advisers in all continents of the world. 

Conservation Evidence summarise evidence from the scientific literature about the effects of conservation interventions, such as methods of habitat or species management.Their ongoing review process extracts evidence continually from important conservation journals and from systematic reviews. They  also trawl more specialist journals and unpublished literature to focus on particular species groups or habitats.

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Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC)

Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) protects endangered species and habitats through science-based field action. They promote greater understanding of the current extinction crisis and global threats to biodiversity and the environment. GWC base decisions on solid science, and conduct all operations using sound environmental and social ethics. GWC conducts innovative and unprecedented field expeditions, scientific research, and wild lands conservation.


Conservation International (CI)

Conservation International works to ensure a healthy and productive planet for us all.Through science, policy and field work, they are applying smart solutions to protect the resources that we all depend on.

Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS, also known as CMS or Bonn Convention) aims to conserve terrestrial, aquatic and avian migratory species throughout their range. It is an intergovernmental treaty, concluded under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme, concerned with the conservation of wildlife and habitats on a global scale. Since the Convention's entry into force, its membership has grown steadily to include 118 (as of 1 January 2013) Parties from Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.


International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

The international Union for Conservation of Nature brings together goverments and civil society in a unique union formed by around 1,000 staff, over 1,200 members (NGOS and governments and governmental institutions) and six commission which inlcude around 12,000 scientis and practicioners. Specifically for this particular intitiative IUCN offers:

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International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is one of the largest animal welfare and conservation charities in the world. Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. Its vision is "a world where animals are respected and protected.” IFAW cares for individual animals as well as for biodiversity as a whole and delivers effective solutions for the long‐term protection of animal populations and habitats by addressing animal welfare concerns in policy, legislation and society. IFAW has local expertise and leadership in field offices worldwide. The organization is sensitive to needs of local communities and works for solutions that benefit both animals and people. 


IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC)

The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is a science-based network of more than 9,000 volunteer experts from almost every country of the world, all working together towards achieving the vision of, “A world that values and conserves present levels of biodiversity."

Most members are deployed in more than 130 Specialist Groups, Red List Authorities and Task Forces. Some groups address conservation issues related to particular groups of plants, fungi or animals while others focus on topical issues, such as reintroduction of species into former habitats or wildlife health. Specialist groups directly involved in this partnership are:


IUCN SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group CBSG)

CBSG supports an integrated approach to species conservation planning through the joint development of management strategies and conservation actions by all responsible parties. CBSG strives to ensure that a broad range of stakeholders is represented at each workshop. As a result, one comprehensive conservation plan for the species helps bridge the gap between wild and captive population management. CBSG’s goal is to actively promote this approach in the coming years so that the resulting integrated conservation plans can use the full suite of approaches available to ensure the future of threatened species in the wild.

IUCN SSC Grasshopper Specialist Group

The aim of the Grasshopper Specialist Group is to conserve Orthopteroid insects (grasshoppers, katydids, crickets, mantids, stick insects) and their habitats around the world. We develop and perform practical conservation programs, including habitat restoration and management, monitoring of populations and reintroduction projects. Moreover, we perform red list assessments, develop bioacoustic monitoring tools and guidelines for reintroductions and grassland conservation.


IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group (ASG)

The ASG is the world's leading body of scientific and practical expertise on the status and conservation of all antelope species. It is a global network of specialists concerned with the conservation, monitoring, management, and study of antelopes.
The overall aim of ASG is to promote the long-term conservation of antelopes and their habitats worldwide, and the recovery or restoration of antelope species, populations and communities where feasible.


IUCN SSC Primates Specialist Group

The Primate Specialist Group is a network of scientists and conservationists who stand against the tide of extinction which threatens humanity’s closest kin. 

Active throughout the tropical world, working in dozens of nations in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the PSG promotes research on the ecology and conservation of hundreds of primate species — monkeys, apes, lemurs and their many nocturnal relatives.


IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group

The Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) is a global network of scientific and policy experts on invasive species.The two core activity areas of the ISSG are policy and technical advice, and, information exchange through our online resources and tools and through networking.

The ISSG promotes and facilitates the exchange of invasive species information and knowledge across the globe and ensures the linkage between knowledge, practice and policy so that decision making is informed.

San Diego Zoo Global

San Diego Zoo Global is committed to saving species worldwide by uniting their expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature.  Their vision is to be a world leader in the fight against extinction.  San diego Zoo Global currently works with hundreds of partners to carry out field conservation and species recovery programs in more than 35 countries on six continents.

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Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar)

The Ramsar Covention is an intergovernmental treaty that embodies the commitments of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the "wise use", or sustainable use, of all of the wetlands in their territories.

Island Conservation

Island Conservation prevents extinctions by working where the concentration of both biodiversity and species extinction is greatest—islands. By removing one of the greatest threats—introduced invasive vertebrates—native island species and ecosystems recover with little or no additional intervention. To date, Island Conservation has protected 967 populations of 338 native species on 51 islands worldwide.

Save Our Species (SOS)

Save Our Species is a species conservation fund established in 2011 with $10 million to tackle the biodiversity crisis at the species level. Save Our Species is a joint initiative of IUCN, the Global Environment Facility and the World Bank supported by Nokia and the Fonds français pour l’environnement mondial (FFEM). Its objective is to ensure the long-term survival of threatened species and their habitats.

Currently SOS funds more than 50 threatened species conservation projects worldwide including rhinos, tigers, dolphins but also lesser known species of mammals, birds, amphibians and plants. In its most recent round of funding SOS has awarded $2.5 million to 25 new projects. Due to these processes and its global reach, SOS represents an ideal mechanism for public and private sector partners to help achieve Aichi Target 12.


The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN)

The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN) and Certified Wildlife Friendly™ represent a global community dedicated to the development and marketing of products and services that conserve threatened wildlife while contributing to the economic vitality of rural communities. WFEN includes conservationists, businesses, producers and harvesters.

WFEN arose from the Summit on Wildlife Friendly Enterprise held in March 2007 at the White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee, Florida. The Network sets the global standard for wildlife friendly enterprise and assists members to reach new and dynamic markets.


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TRAFFIC International

TRAFFIC is a wildlife trade monitoring network, that works to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature.

TRAFFIC has an enviable reputation as a reliable and impartial organization, a leader in the field of conservation as it relates to wildlife trade. TRAFFIC was established in 1976 and has developed into a global network, research-driven and action-oriented, committed to delivering innovative and practical conservation solutions based on the latest information.


United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)

The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is a collaboration between the United Nations Environment Programme, the world's foremost intergovernmental environmental organization, and WCMC, a UK-based charity. UNEP-WCMC is UNEP’s specialist biodiversity assessment arm, and the Centre for UNEP’s collaboration with WCMC.

The Centre’s goal is to provide authoritative, relevant and timely information for countries, MEAs, organizations and companies to use in the development and implementation of their policies and decisions. For the purpose of this initiative, UNEP-WCMC offers:


Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

The Wildlife Conservation Society, founded in 1895, has the mission to save wildlife and wild places across the globe. It does this through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. They currently manage about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries; and educate millions of visitors at our five living institutions in New York City on important issues affecting the planet. 


World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)

WAZA is the unifying organisation for the world zoo & aquarium community. Funded in 1935, WAZA promotes cooperation between zoological gardens and aquariums with regard to the conservation, management and breeding of animals in human care and encourage the highest standards of animal welfare and husbandry.

They also promote and coordinate cooperation between national and regional associations and their constituents, environmental education, wildlife conservation and environmental research, and assist in representing zoological gardens and aquariums in other international organisations or assemblies.

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Zoo Outreach Organization (ZOO)

Zoo Outreach Organization (ZOO) is a  conservation, research, education, and welfare NGO based in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.

It's mission is to work together with other institutions and individuals throughout the world to in situ and ex situ for the purpose of promoting conservation education, conservation research, conservation welfare, all promoting conservation action. In addition to this ZOO produces The Journal of Threatened Taxa (JoTT) which is a monthly, online, open access, free access, peer-reviewed journal on wildlife, conservation, taxonomy, ecology. ZOO includes the Wildlife Information Liason Development (WILD).


Zoos Victoria

Zoos Victoria (ZV) is a not-for-profit conservation organisation dedicated to fighting wildlife extinction. ZV does this through breeding and recovery programs for threatened species and by working with visitors and supporters to reduce threats facing endangered wildlife. ZV's main instruments are focused community conservation campaigns designed to achieve measurable behaviour change, and three international conservation partnerships generating measurable outcomes for wildlife and people. Critical to achieving these outcomes is a unifying focus on Fighting Extinction across all functions and operations of Zoos Victoria.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

WWF is a world's leading independent conservation body funded in 1961 and working in more than 100 countries, covering al six continents. WWF works mainly in two broad areas: Biodiversity and Footprint.

Biodiversity: They strategically focus on conserving critical places and critical species that are particularly important for the conservation of earth's rich biodiversity.

Footprint: WWF works to ensure that the natural resources required for life -land, water, air - are managed sustainably and equitably.

Zoological Society of London (ZSL)

Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. ZSL conservation unit runs conservation programmes in Britain and over 50 countries worldwide; the conservation of wild animals and their natural habitats is fundamental to our mission. We work with local communities to conserve their environment and promote sustainability.


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