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Asian songbird trade crisis specialist group formed to tackle conservation threats

Threatened songbirds in the region will now have the voice of the first Asian Songbird Trade Specialist Group to join the chorus against the illegal and unsustainable cage bird trade. Formally recognised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC) in May 2017, the Asian Songbird Trade Specialist Group (ASTSG) […]

European zoos and NGOs launch two-year campaign to save songbirds from extinction

Javan green magpie (Photo by CCBC)

The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, together with TRAFFIC, BirdLife International and the IUCN Asian Songbird Trade Specialist Group, today launched a joint campaign in a collaborative effort to save iconic Asian songbird species from extinction. The Silent Forest campaign will raise awareness of the devastating effects of the trade in songbirds across Southeast […]

Meet ‘Esa’, the lonely one

15 September, written by Anais Tritto The Rufous-fronted Laughingthrush used to be very common in the past in high Javan mountains and observed making large flocks and vocalizing with their typical “horse” songs (the Indonesian name for the Rufous-fronted Laughingthrush is Poksai kuda which means the “Horse Laughingthrush”). Esa (“the only one” in Indonesian) is […]

Annual conference in Wildlands: here I come!

Author: Constanze Mager (Burgers’ Zoo, Arnhem, The Netherlands) The EAZA Annual Conference, THE EAZA meeting of the year, the place to meet and network with 600+ relevant staff of EAZA Zoos! Also, traditionally the time and location to close one EAZA conservation campaign and launch the next one. So, this conference is a crucial moment […]

The harpy eagle and the songbird campaign

Author: Constanze Mager (Burgers’ Zoo, Arnhem, The Netherlands) It is always an interesting challenge to get an EAZA campaign – invented and launched by EAZA office and a small campaign preparation group – really alive in hundreds of EAZA institutions in 44 European countries! Actually, zoos sometimes have to be convinced to participate yet in […]