Recently the proceedings of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) 61st Annual Conference were published. The Conference was held in Leipzig in August 2006, and the participants included Emily Brickell from the World Land Trust who has been developing the Trust's Wild Spaces Programme, specifically to involve zoos with in situ conservation. The proceedings include the presentation given by Emily and John Burton, the WLT's CEO, and also reports on the committee and technical sessions where the role of the WLT in helping zoos implement conservation in the field was a topic of much discussion. Since the Conference, the WLT has continued to engage with several zoos, as well as the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA), and we are planning long term cooperation to form partnerships, that help zoos and their visitors relate to their wild counterparts.
If you know of a zoo that might like to get involved with in situ wildlife conservation through the Wild Spaces Programme, please contact the Trust.