International Zoo Educators Association

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International Zoo Educators' Association
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IZE logo of a rhino
World map
zone of influence
Abbreviation IZE
Formation 6th September 1972
Legal status Non-profit
Purpose Education
Headquarters Gland, Switzerland
Region served Worldwide
Membership Zoos and aquariums
President Kathy Lehnhardt
Affiliations WAZA
Website IZEA

The International Zoo Educators' Association (IZE, short for IZEA) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the education programmes in zoos and aquariums.

Founded in 1972 by a group of European zoo educators, IZE’s aim was to create a forum where zoo educators could meet every two years to discuss and share ideas and common interests. The founding members included those from Frankfurt Zoo, Amsterdam Zoo, Paignton Zoo and Copenhagen Zoo.
The first IZE President was Rosl Kirchshofer, head of education at the Frankfurt Zoo.[1]

Proceedings were produced for the first time at the second international meeting in 1974 at Copenhagen Zoo. To facilitate communication among members the first newsletter was produced in 1977, edited by Jan Hatley, head of education at Paignton Zoo.[2]

The IZE website states that the association's mission is to:

‘[...expand] the educational impact of zoos and aquariums worldwide’, ‘improve the education programs’ and ‘support excellence in animal care and welfare’.

History[edit]

The International Zoo Educators Association was established after a meeting of zoo education officers held in Frankfurt/Main, Federal Republic of Germany on September 6, 1972.

Newsgroup[edit]

In November 1999 a group of IZE European members began a European regional internet discussion group to help educators network between conferences. This group started life as the ERNIZE[nb 1] Yahoo Group[3][4] managed by staff at Chester Zoo in England. In June 2007 the IZE Board voted to make the group international and available to IZE members worldwide. The name changed to the IZE Yahoo Group[5] and its management transferred to Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland. Membership of the group is by invitation-only and its primary purpose is ‘to enable discussion, exchange of information and questions etc. between zoo educators across the world’.[5] In August 2010 it had 197 members.

Institutional membership and sponsored delegates[edit]

IZE offers institutional membership to zoos, aquariums, nature/wildlife centres and wildlife reserves. At least 50% of this annual membership fee is used in a scheme to enable sponsored delegates to attend conferences when they might not otherwise be able to afford to, and supports outreach to zoo and wildlife educators in the developing world.[6]

Sponsored delegates must be qualified to seek full membership and be unable to pay regular membership fees. Sponsored membership applications must be approved by the Regional Representatives and IZE President. Approved members are entitled to all rights and privileges of full membership for two years.[7]

Relationship with WAZA[edit]

Every year since 2000, IZE have reported to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) about their achievements to realize the education goals formulated in the World Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Strategy.

In 2002 IZE becomes an affiliate member of WAZA.

In 2004 an IZE Central Office was established after a proposal to WAZA for assistance. It was decided during the 2004 WAZA Conference in Taipei to offer room, equipment and a one day a week staff member in their headquarters at this time in Bern (now in Gland, Switzerland), giving IZE a stable base for all kinds of activities. This also increased the efficiency of the management of IZE membership dues, allowing more sponsored delegates to attend the IZE Conferences. Since 2009, IZE have made a contribution towards the running costs of the headquarters.

Under a MOU, the WAZA's Executive Office provides secretariat support to the International Zoo Educators Association (IZE). In 2010, the Association separated from the WAZA office in order to better serve the IZE members. The IZE Administrator position is a paid position and is now selected and works for the IZE President and in support of the President on all matters for the Association specifically membership, tracking financial statements and note keeping on Board communications. The Association now manages its own membership and membership dues in an extremely efficient manner and continues to make the IZE Journal and IZE Grants Program a priority of funding.

WAZA encourages also zoo and aquarium staff to participate in local, national, regional and international networks such as the International Zoo Educators Association (IZE) and its regional groups.

Formalisation of Statutes under Swiss law in 2006[edit]

Under the name "International Zoo Educators Association" (IZE) exists, for an indefinite period of time, an association under the terms of articles 60 to 78 of the Swiss Civil Code. The association is a non-profit organization with international membership. The association office is located in Switzerland.

The IZE Constitution[8] was adopted and put into force by the General Assembly at the 18th Biennal Conference in Pretoria, South Africa on 13 October 2006. It is revised annually and proposed changes are voted on by the General Assembly during the IZE Conferences.

Website[edit]

The IZE's website was first launched in 2001[9] with a major overhaul taking place in 2005.

Journals[edit]

The first Newsletter of the International Association of Zoo Educators was produced after the third conference in 1976. It was edited by Jan Hatley, head of education at Paignton Zoo, and published in 1977. The aim of the newsletter was to facilitate communication among members between conferences.

The newsletter was redesigned and edited for economic reasons with the help of Judith White and Judith King of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and the sixth issue was published in 1981.[10]

In 1986 the newsletter became the Journal of the International Association of Zoo Educators as suggested by Judith King:

To most people, the word ‘newsletter’ implies a brief publication containing job announcements, personnel moves, short program notices, births, etc. What a newsletter does not contain is professional articles like those found in journals. It appears to me that IZE’s Newsletter is more of a journal than a newsletter.

—Judith King, White-Marcellini, J., 1986, ‘From the President’, Journal of the International Association of Zoo Educators, 15, p. 2

The Journal describes itself as a resource for articles on conservation, interpretation, zoo education, methods and techniques, and evaluation.[11] Its publication has been annual since 1999.

List of Journals[edit]

Issue No. Year Editor Zoo
1 1977 Jan Hatley Paignton Zoological and Botanical Gardens, England
2 1978 Jan Hatley Paignton Zoological and Botanical Gardens, England
3 1978 Jan Hatley Paignton Zoological and Botanical Gardens, England
4 1979 Jan Hatley Paignton Zoological and Botanical Gardens, England
5 1980 Jan Hatley Paignton Zoological and Botanical Gardens, England
6 1981 Judith White; Judith King National Zoological Park, Washington D.C., USA
7 1981 Judith White; Judith King National Zoological Park, Washington D.C., USA
8 1982 Judith White; Judith King National Zoological Park, Washington D.C., USA
9 1982 Judith White; Judith King National Zoological Park, Washington D.C., USA
10 1983 Judith White-Marcellini; Judith King National Zoological Park, Washington D.C., USA
11 1983 Judith White-Marcellini; Judith King National Zoological Park, Washington D.C., USA
12 1984 Judith White-Marcellini; Judith King National Zoological Park, Washington D.C., USA
13 1984 Judith White-Marcellini National Zoological Park, Washington D.C., USA
14 1985 Pegi S. Harvey Zoological Society of San Diego, California, USA
15 1986 Helen Freeman Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, Washington, USA
16 1986 Malcolm Whitehead Twycross Zoo, Atherstone, Warwickshire, England
17 1987 Judith King National Zoological Park, Washington D.C., USA
18 1987 Pegi Harvey Zoological Society of San Diego, California, USA
19 1988 Stephen McAuley Taronga Zoo, Mosman, Sydney, Australia
20 1988 Malcolm P. Whitehead Twycross Zoo, Atherstone, Warwickshire, England
21 1989 Judith King National Zoological Park, Washington D.C., USA
22 1989 Janet Jackson-Gould Philadelphia Zoological Gardens, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
23 1990 Stephen McAuley Taronga Zoo, Mosman, Sydney, Australia
24 1990 Juliane Seger Zoological Gardens, Dortmund, West Germany
25 1992 Phillip Coffey Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, Jersey, Channel Islands
26 1992 Christopher Cheng Taronga Zoo, Mosman, Sydney, Australia
27 1993 Stephen McAuley Taronga Zoo, Mosman, Sydney, Australia
28 1993 Stephen McAuley;

Juliane Seger

Taronga Zoo, Mosman, Sydney, Australia

Zoological Gardens, Dortmund, West Germany

29 1993 Stephen McAuley; Christopher Cheng Taronga Zoo, Mosman, Sydney, Australia
30 1994 Stephen McAuley;

Kim Stiles

Taronga Zoo, Mosman, Sydney, Australia

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England

31 1995 Stephen McAuley Taronga Zoo, Mosman, Sydney, Australia
32 1995 Stephen McAuley Taronga Zoo, Mosman, Sydney, Australia
33 1996 Stephen McAuley Taronga Zoo, Mosman, Sydney, Australia
34 1997 Greg Hunt Melbourne Zoo, Australia
35 1999 Robert Mindick SeaWorld Orlando, Florida, USA
36 2000 Robert Mindick SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida, USA
37 2001 Robert Mindick SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida, USA
38 2002 Stephen McKeown Chester Zoo, Cheshire, England
39 2003 Stephen McKeown Chester Zoo, Cheshire, England
40 2004 Stephen McKeown Chester Zoo, Cheshire, England
41 2005 Martin Serafini Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland
42 2006 Natasha Silva Royal Zoo Amsterdam, Netherlands
43 2007 Natasha Silva Royal Zoo Amsterdam, Netherlands
44 2008 Natasha Silva Royal Zoo Amsterdam, Netherlands
45 2009 Natasha Silva Royal Zoo Amsterdam, Netherlands
46 2010 Natasha Silva Royal Zoo Amsterdam, Netherlands

List of Conferences[edit]


Number Date Host Host Location
1 September 6, 1972[nb 2][12] Frankfurt Zoo Frankfurt, Germany
2 1974 Copenhagen Zoo Copenhagen, Denmark
3 June 1976 London Zoo London, England, UK
4 September 26–29, 1978 National Zoological Park Washington D.C., USA
5 September 30 - October 3, 1980 Tiergarten Schoenbrunn Vienna, Austria
6 September 25–29, 1982 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Tucson, Arizona, USA
7 September 2–6, 1984 Edinburgh Zoo and Peebles Hotel Hydro Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
8 October 26–31, 1986 Melbourne Zoo Melbourne, Australia
9 October 2–7, 1988 Metro Toronto Zoo Toronto, Canada
10 September 9–15, 1990 Antwerp Zoo Antwerp, Belgium
11 August 23–28, 1992 Taronga Zoo Mosman, Sydney, Australia
12 September 25–30, 1994 Los Angeles Zoo Los Angeles, USA
13 1996 Copenhagen Zoo Copenhagen, Denmark
14 1998 Taipei Zoo Taipei, Taiwan, China
15 October 1–6, 2000 Guadalajara Zoo Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
16 August 17–22, 2002 Tiergarten Schoenbrunn Vienna, Austria
17 September 4–9, 2004 Ocean Park Hong Kong, China
18 October 9–14, 2006 National Zoological Gardens of South Africa Pretoria, South Africa
19 October 19–23, 2008 Adelaide Zoo Adelaide, Australia
20 September 28 - October 2, 2010 Disney's Animal Kingdom Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA
21 August 28 - September 1, 2012 Chester Zoo Chester, England, UK
22 September 2–6, 2014 Ocean Park Hong Kong Hong Kong SAR

List of Presidents[edit]

Rosl Kirchshofer (Frankfurt Zoo, Germany; 1972 - 1976)
Han Rensenbrink (Amsterdam Zoo, Netherlands; 1976 - 1980)
Jan Hatley (Paignton Zoo, England; 1980 - 1984)
Judith White (National Zoo, United States; 1984 - 1988)
Lars Lunding Andersen (Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark; 1988 - 1992)
Robert Ollason (Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland; 1992 - 1996)
Pegi Harvey (San Diego Zoo, United States; 1996 - 2000)
Annette Berkovits (Bronx Zoo, United States; 2000 - 2004)
Chris Peters (Rotterdam Zoo, The Netherlands; 2004 - 2006)[1]
Stephen McKeown (Chester Zoo, England; 2006 - October 2010)
Kathy Lehnhardt (Disney's Animal Kingdom, United States; October 2010 - onwards)[13]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ ERNIZE - the European Regional Network of IZE - was established as a means of structuring communications between European zoo educators who, it was felt, had little opportunity to do so in between conferences.
  2. ^ No proceedings were produced in 1972; the International Zoo Educators' Association was established after a meeting of zoo education officers held in Frankfurt/Main, Federal Republic of Germany on September 6th, 1972.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lunding Anderson, L., Edited by Bell, C. E., 2001, Encyclopedia of World Zoos, Vol. 2, p. 615 – 616
  2. ^ Hatley, J., 1977, Newsletter of the International Association of Zoo Educators, 1
  3. ^ ERNIZE Yahoo Group
  4. ^ BIAZA Manual
  5. ^ a b IZE Yahoo Group
  6. ^ IZE Become a Member
  7. ^ IZE Constitution - Article 9 – Sponsored Members
  8. ^ IZE Constitution
  9. ^ IZE 2001 website cache via Wayback Machine
  10. ^ IZE History and Milestones
  11. ^ IZE Journal
  12. ^ IZE Constitution - Article 1 - General Provisions
  13. ^ IZE website

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