Tomas Ouhel, M.Sc, Liberec Zoo
Chairman of the EAZA Silent Forest Campaign Group
The “Zoo Animal of the Year” campaign, launched in 2016 by the Zoological Society for Species and Population Protection (ZGAP), the “Deutsche Tierparkgesellschaft e.V.” (DTG) and the Association of Zoo Supporters (GDZ)
for the conservation of endangered but so far little noticed animal species.
The unique thing about the campaign is the association of strong partners in species and nature conservation, so that the protection of the "Zoo Animal of the Year" is not only promoted, but something is actually done locally with financial support.
The respective „Zoo animal of the year" is chosen anew each year and selected conservation projects are supported.
EAZA and its member institutions have been contributing to the conservation of endangered animal species and ecosystems for several decades. The EAZA nature conservation campaigns are a unique tool for attracting attention, providing impulses and motivating institutions, but also individuals, to take action. To achieve a truly measurable success, the EAZA SILENT FOREST campaign takes us to Asia, the Sunda Islands, and focuses on a special group of animals: the songbirds.