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SOUTH EAST ASIAN ZOOS ASSOCIATION

Following its establishment in Bogor, Indonesia, in 1990, SEAZA (South East Asian Zoos Association) witnessed an increase in development in the surrounding areas.




NAME AND ESTABLISHMENT



We are the non-governmental organization called the Southeast Asian Zoo Association, or SEAZA. In this context, “zoos” shall be defined as inclusive of zoological gardens, biological parks, safari parks, public aquariums, bird parks, reptile parks, insectariums, and other collections of wildlife primarily for public exhibition and/or breeding of endangered species.


SEAZA was established in 1990 in Bogor, Indonesia. There are currently 12 countries and territories taking part as the core zone SEAZA members, including: Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Furthermore, SEAZA is also open to other zoos and Individuals around the world to join as Associate Members, from such countries as China, Japan, South Korea, DPR Korea, Australia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and South Africa, Czech Republic, etc.

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PURPOSES AND OBJECTIVES

SEAZA's purposes are:

To enhance the capabilities of Southeast Asian zoos to conserve wildlife.

To provide education and recreation for the public.

To improve the standards, status, and public images of zoos in South East Asia.

SEAZA has several objectives to help it accomplish its purpose. These objectives include:

  • Promoting camaraderie and cooperation amongst personnel of South East Asian Zoos and in zoos outside of our region.
  • Providing a forum in which members can exchange information, share expertise, and co-ordinate matters of common interest.
  • Encouraging and assisting in the development of educational programs aimed at improving conservation consciousness of zoo visitors.
  • Encouraging conservation-oriented ex-situ breeding programs on the basis of regions.
  • Supporting in-situ wildlife management and research programs, and promote their integration with ex-situ programs in SEAZA institutions.
  • Promoting wildlife-based domestic and international tourism to zoos, protected areas, and other in-situ and ex-situ conservation sites.

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ACTIVITIES

In pursuance of the objectives mentioned above, SEAZA shall initiate and/or undertake activities that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Organize conferences / seminars / workshops to exchange information and discuss matters of common interest.
  • Conduct inter-zoo training in any and all aspects of zoo and animal management.
  • Undertake conservation breeding programs on the basis of regional studbooks and animal exchange programs.
  • Exchange information via newsletters, publications, annual reports, surplus lists, etc.
  • Coordinate support with in-situ conservation and management programs, particularly those dealing with threatened or endangered species endemic to Southeast Asia.


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