Our aim is to improve the situation of Asian songbirds in their natural habitat and to develop an increased knowledge and understanding of the threats to these birds and how zoos can contribute to save them. We will cooperate with campaign partner organisations on increasing pressure on government agencies in-region. We want to establish and support awareness campaigns in-region and promote birdwatching as an alternative pastime, for example by establishing used binocular collection points in zoos for shipment to local birdwatching initiatives in Southeast Asia. We also want to improve awareness within EAZA through the Passerine TAG, breeding programs and available EAZA media (newsletter, presentations at all conferences, magazines, websites). We aim to publish husbandry Best Practise Guidelines, establish functioning ex-situ safety populations of all key species and motivate more than 150 EAZA institutions to continue keeping relevant taxa of songbirds after the campaign. Our goal is to gain a much clearer picture of the current status (taxonomic and conservation) of all the key and secondary species mentioned.

In order to be able to make a difference we need to apply just that skillset which is already available in EAZA member zoos, and we have the chance to make the world more aware of the conservation value of zoos in general. By celebrating 25 years of the Bali Myna EEP we can clearly demonstrate that it is possible to save a songbird species through a zoo-based conservation breeding program.

All funds raised will go to the pre-selected conservation projects and grant scheme:

  1. Prigen Conservation Breeding Ark: Songbird breeding facilities
  2. Sumatran Songbird Sanctuary
  3. Save Magiao: Nias Hill Myna Conservation Breeding Center
  4. Treasure Island: Saving the hidden avian treasures
  5. Searching for the birds: Field surveys to locate two of Javas rarest Songbirds
  6. Bali Myna Fieldwork: improving the introduction and monitoring methods
Habitat Cissa thalassina – Photo by Anais Tritto