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THE KIESSLING PRIZE
As the world’s animals face what scientists call a “Sixth Mass Extinction,” with up to one million species in foreseeable danger of disappearing forever, extraordinary eﬀorts to preserve the creatures of the Earth are more vital than ever – as are the scientists, researchers and advocates who devote their lives to these eﬀorts.
To award those who achieve signiﬁcant positive change in the ﬁeld of conservation practice, theory, and research, American Humane, the country’s ﬁrst national humane organization, today is proud to launch the Wolfgang Kiessling International Prize for Species Conservation. This award was created in honor of Wolfgang F. Kiessling, the founder of Loro Parque and globally acknowledged leader in the ﬁeld of conservation and will be awarded annually.
“There is simply no higher purpose than that to protect and preserve our world’s most precious asset – animal life. It brings me great honor and pleasure to bestow this award on those who are leading the way in the field of conservation,” said Wolfgang Kiessling, president and founder of Loro Parque and Loro Parque Foundation.
The Wolfgang Kiessling International Prize committee will be led by Wolfgang Kiessling, Christoph Kiessling, Cybell Kiessling, Dr. Javier Almunia, Dr. Robin Ganzert and Brad Andrews. Additional Kiessling Foundation leaders and family members may be elected to the committee as needed. The committee will screen and vote for applicants, ultimately choosing one who will be awarded the Kiessling Prize and a grant of US $80,000 to further their work to make signiﬁcant contributions to the practical application, research and theory of species protection.
“Wolfgang Kiessling is a renowned conservationist and founder of Loro Parque, one of the most well-respected zoological institutions in the world for its beauty, the excellence of its facilities and its incredible work to save species on the brink of extinction,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “We are thrilled to establish this prestigious conservation award in his honor and hope to inspire generations of fellow conservationists to continue his legacy of leadership.”
Founded in 1972 by Kiessling, Loro Parque was initially created as a paradise for parrots and began its journey with only 150 parrots. The park, located on the island of Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands, now has more than 4,000 specimens of 350 different species and subspecies of parrots, demonstrating its outstanding success in boosting the parrot population. Loro Parque is also home to flamingos, cranes, penguins and swans, as well as many species of reptiles, mammals and marine life.
As billions of human beings exhaust the world’s resources, Loro Parque plays a critical role in education, science and conservation. In 2017, Loro Parque became the first zoo in Europe to receive American Humane Certification, reinforcing its recognition as a global leader in animal welfare.
Applications will be open from February 15 through April 15, 2022 and a recipient of the Wolfgang Kiessling International Prize for Species Conservation will be named in May 2022. Applicants can learn more about the prize and submit their credentials by visiting https://humaneconservation.org/kiessling/.
About American Humane
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization. Founded in 1877, American Humane is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare, and well-being of animals, and our leadership programs are first to serve in promoting and nurturing the bonds between animals and people. For more information or to support our work, please visit www.americanhumane.org. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
ZOO AND AQUARIUM NEWS AND VACANCIES FOR ZOO PROFESSIONALS
World Zoo Toilet Day
The 19th November is World Toilet Day.
After the zoo restaurant the zoo toilet is amongst the most important amenities you can provide can provide your guests. It is something they remember "it was so clean"...and will remark upon.
UK Zoo Salaries
From June to October 2021 (inc) there were 115 UK and Ireland zoo related
vacancies advertised on Zoo Jobs.
Of these only 27 indicated salary. Most stated “As per qualifications and experience or Competitive salary.”
Most indicated hours to be worked which varied from 37.5 to 43 hours a week
Although I fully appreciate that all zoos are different as are job titles and that duties
and responsibilities vary, the list below should give you a good indication of the salary
you should expect in various posts.
Trainee Animal Keeper
Trainee Primate Keeper
£16,640.00 - £18,533.00
Trainee Bird Keeper
£20,210.45 - £21,782.15
Living Collections Keeper
Animal Keeper - Team Leader
Experienced Carnivore Keeper
£19,448.00 - £20,280.00
Deputy Section Leader
Senior Living Collection Keeper
Qualified Animal Keeper
Assistant Team Manager
Section Head of Primates
Experienced Elephant Keeper
Experienced Bird Keeper
Director of Operations
When I started my zoo career back in 1967 my weekly wage was around £9.00
for a basic 6 day 48 hour working week. I was never paid overtime but worked
60+ hours a week more often than not. I loved the work and still do. Zoo work
has never been about salary...but we all need money to get by...don’t we ?
Because of Covid and travel restrictions I have been without any salary for
two years now, Times are hard... for us all.
ZOO AND AQUARIUM NEWS AND VACANCIES FOR ZOO PROFESSIONALS
WORLDWIDE ZOO and AQUARIUM CONSULTANTS
Aaron Morgan Jupp - Public Aquarium Specialist
Animal Behaviour Matters www.animalbehaviourmatters.com.au
ANIMAL TRAINING FUNDAMENTALS
Animal Welfare Expertise
Animalis Nutrition Consulting, LLC.
Banggai Consulting Limited
Aquarium Design and Consultancy
BRIGGS ZOOLOGICAL CONSULTANCY
Chapman Zoo Consultancy
Dr Sarah Chapman and Mr Julian Chapman
Sarah 00447811448183 Julian 00447851864034
Online CPD for Zoo Keepers Chapman Zoo Consultancy (thinkific.com)
CREATIVE ANIMAL SOLUTIONS
OCEANARIUM & AQUARIUM SPECIALISTS
Zoological and zootechnical expertise
Great Ape Consultancy
Independent Consultant on CITES, wildlife trade & wildlife conservation
Independent International Zoo Consultant
Independent Veterinarian, Zoo and Wildlife Management Consultant
JONES and JONES Architects
Madelon (Maddie) Rusman
wildlife project planning and design
One zoo PLUS
Three companies One spirit
Operant Animal Training
VETDENT SA cc
Worldwide Zoo Consultants
Zoo and Wildlife Solutions Ltd
Zoological Consultancy Ltd.
Douglas M Richardson
Tel: +44 (0)7530 843661
Based in the UK, available globally.
Vaccinated against Covid-19
With over 40 years’ of experience in zoo and conservation design and best practice, having worked in institutions and on projects in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Able to provide expertise in new enclosure design, repurposing existing facilities, review of proposed designs and plans, safety and security reviews, husbandry training and refinement, ethical animal acquisition and disposition, and enhancing conservation output.
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
My home phone number is +44 1337842909
Mobile number is +44 7920745935
The Zoological Lighting Institute
Animal Training Consultancy.
Training and Animal Welfare
Developing Innovative Solutions