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About us

Citizen Conservation was founded to make a countable contribution in the fight against species extinction.

About us

Citizen Conservation was founded to make a countable contribution in the fight against species extinction.

History and background

The threatening acceleration of species extinction on our planet is one of the great challenges humanity is facing. Coordinated research and captive breeding is an essential element if we are to halt this trend. We still know far too little about many factors of coexistence within habitats to effectively protect these habitats. Understanding species offers a key to this. Where we fail temporarily or completely to conserve habitats, species will be able to persist in human care alone. We bear responsibility for the future of life on Earth.

Zoos, research institutions and many dedicated private owners have always been committed to the protection of animals and species. In Citizen Conservation, they join forces to counter the new dimension of the threat with a powerful set of instruments. In Citizen Conservation bündeln sie ihre Kräfte, um der neuen Dimension der Bedrohung ein leistungsfähiges Instrumentarium entgegenzusetzen.

Organisation

As a non-profit limited liability company, the Citizen Conservation Foundation pursues exclusively idealistic goals. The articles of association state that the aim is “to contribute to the fight against global species extinction, with a focus on the coordinated conservation breeding in captivity.” Started in 2018 as a joint project of Frogs & Friends, with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde (DGHT) and the Verband der Zoologischen Gärten (VdZ) the non-profit limited liability company was founded in 2022 with the three initiators as shareholders.


Partners

Citizen Conservation is open to all institutions and people who are committed to animal and species conservation and see the current wave of extinction as a challenge for society as a whole.

The following partners contribute financially to the development of Citizen Conservation: Kölner Zoo AG, Zoologischer Garten Basel AG, Zoologischer Garten Augsburg GmbH, Deutsche Tierpark-Gesellschaft e.V. (DTG), Zoologisch-Botanischer Garten Stuttgart (Wilhelma).

The following cooperation partners support Citizen Conservation with benefits for CC participants: Six feet to eat.

Supporters 25,000 euros


Supporters 10,000 euros


Supporters 5,000 euros


Cooperation partners

Organizational structure

The shareholders’ meeting, formally the highest body of the gGmbH, is composed of the respective chairmen of the associations, namely Prof. Dr. Jörg Junhold, PD Dr. Mark-Oliver Rödel, Dr. Markus Monzel and Marco Schulz.
A supervisory board chaired by Dr. Tim Schikora (Director of Schwerin Zoo) was established as a controlling body, in which, in addition to representatives of the shareholders, other key content and financial partners are given a voice.
The operational business is run under a management agreement in joint operation between Frogs & Friends and Citizen Conservation under the management of Björn Encke.

The Scientific Advisory Board serves to support the management in the professional and entrepreneurial development of CC. In addition to various individuals, it also includes the respective advisory boards for the individual animal groups. These are composed of private and institutional experts and are significantly involved in the selection of species as well as the design of the CC programs.

CHANGE

Members of the Supervisory Board and Advisory Board of CC

Mitglieder des Aufsichtsrates
Dr. Tim Schikora (Vorsitzender)Direktor Zoo Schwerin, Schatzmeister VdZ (Verband der Zoologischen Gärten)
Saskia Kress (stellvertr. Vorsitzende)Geschäftsführerin Filmtank GmbH, Geschäftsführerin Interactive Media Foundation
Dr. Markus MonzelPräsident DGHT (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde)
Marco SchulzSchatzmeister DGHT (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde)
Dr. Stephan Hering-HagenbeckDirektor Tiergarten Schönbrunn
PD Dr. Mark-Oliver RödelVorsitzender Frogs & Friends
Gert EmmrichPräsident DTG (Deutsche Tierparkgesellschaft)
Dr. Olivier PaganDirektor Zoologischer Garten Basel
Mitglieder des Wissenschaftlichen Beirats
Volker EnnenbachInhaber Tropenparadies Oberhausen
Alexander KühnenCEO Bahlsen GmbH & Co KG
Dr. Arne SchulzeGeschäftsführer ZGAP (Zoologische Gesellschaft für Arten- und Populationsschutz e.V.)
Dr. Tobias KohlGeschäftsführer Stiftung Artenschutz
Matt GoetzKurator Durrel Wildlife Conservation Trust/Jersey
Fachbeirat Amphibien
Prof. Dr. Thomas ZieglerKurator Aquarium & Koordinator Naturschutzprojekte Kölner Zoo
PD Dr. Tobias EisenbergFachtierarzt für Mikrobiologie Abteilungsleiter Veterinärmedizin, Hessisches Landeslabor, Gießen
Dr. Karl-Heinz JungferPrivathalter
Dr. Axel KwetGeschäftsführer DGHT (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde)
Dr. Joachim NerzPrivathalter
Fachbeirat Fische
Anton WeissenbacherKurator Tiergarten Schönbrunn
Stefan InselmannProject Manager Sander Aqua Design
Ariel JackenSeniorkurator Zoo Leipzig
David KasihKurator 1000-Arten-Projekt
Dr. Holger KrausKurator Exotarium Zoo Zürich
Benjamin WildenProjektleiter Paroshpromenus Project
Stefan Karl HetzWissenschaftlicher Fachreferent Heimtiere und Internationale Beziehungen beim ZZF (Zentralverband Zoologischer Fachbetriebe e.V.)
Fachbeirat Reptilien
Dr. Philipp WagnerArtenschutz-Kurator Allwetterzoo Münster
Markus AuerSammlungsmanager/-techniker, Senckenberg Naturhistorische Sammlungen Dresden
Gregor GeislerPrivathalter und Tierarzt
Felix HulbertPrivathalter & Mitarbeiter Zoo Frankfurt
Christian LangnerLeiter Internationales Zentrum für Schildkrötenschutz, Allwetterzoo Münster
Thomas LindnerPrivathalter & selbstständiger herpetologischer Gutachter
Anna RauhausReviertierpflegerin Terrarium Kölner Zoo
Fabian SchmidtKurator Zoo Basel

The key on the stairs. Nothing works without specialist expertise. At CC’s annual advisory board meeting, experts from various subject areas discuss and exchange ideas. During the year, consultations usually take place online in smaller groups. | Tillmann Konrad

Contact

Citizen Conservation Foundation gGmbH
Reichenberger Street 88
10999 Berlin, Germany
Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 30 92 10 13-223
Mail: info |at| citizen-conservation.org
Web: www.citizen-conservation.org




    Contact

    Citizen Conservation Foundation gGmbH
    Reichenberger Street 88
    10999 Berlin, Germany
    Germany

    Phone: +49 (0) 30 92 10 13-223
    Mail: info |at| citizen-conservation.org
    Web: www.citizen-conservation.org





      Mission

      Mission

      About us

      Counteracting the mass extinction of species with targeted conservation breeding - that is the mission of Citizen Conservation. The clock is ticking. Everyone can join in and make a tangible contribution.

      About us

      Counteracting the mass extinction of species with targeted conservation breeding - that is the mission of Citizen Conservation. The clock is ticking. Everyone can join in and make a tangible contribution.

      In the stranglehold of the dual crisis

      Loss of forests and wetlands, climate crisis, population growth, urban sprawl, pollution, overhunting, invasive species – these are by no means all the reasons why more and more animal and plant species are threatened with extinction or are already extinct. We are in the midst of the greatest mass extinction in the history of the earth since the end of the dinosaurs. Humans are to blame.

      The United Nations World Biodiversity Council warns that over a million species could disappear forever in the coming decades. Together with global warming, the biodiversity crisis is the greatest threat to life on the planet – and therefore also to humanity.

      Animal husbandry saves species

      We will no longer be able to save many species in nature. Because the means and will to protect their habitats are lacking, because climate change is progressing too quickly, because the number of surviving animals of some species is already too low. But giving up is not an option! Zoological institutions around the world have done pioneering work in recent decades and saved dozens of species from extinction through conservation breeding – from the European Bison to the Spix’s Macaw, from the Scimitar-horned Oryx to the Przwalski’s Horse. So it works!

      If we want to set something in motion, we need a movement!

      Everyone can make a tangible contribution

      But zoos alone are unable to cope with this task. The number of endangered species is too great. But civil society can help. Thousands of dedicated private animal keepers have accumulated enormous knowledge about a wide variety of species and are willing to donate their time and skills to the cause of species conservation. We simply cannot afford to do without the capacities of private breeders when it comes to saving species. However, there has been a lack of joint efforts, coordination and cooperation between institutional and private animal keepers. Citizen Conservation has set out to change this.

      Find out how you can become a CC participant.

      Many species can only survive if we manage to establish stable and healthy populations early on through captive breeding.

      Insights into the way animals live are key to understanding ecosystems and implementing effective measures to conserve species.

      The existing zoological institutions do not have enough capacity to meet the ever growing need for coordinated breeding programs.

      Science and civil society – joining forces

      Citizen Conservation ist ein Netzwerk von hauptberuflichen und privaten Tierhaltenden. Citizen Conservation is a network of professional and private animal keepers. Breeding programmes managed according to the latest scientific knowledge meet the willingness of people to actively participate in the conservation of biodiversity. Citizen Conservation guides, inspires and coordinates – and thus brings together everyone’s expertise to make a tangible contribution to the preservation of biodiversity. Every frog, fish or reptile species saved is worth the effort!

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          The photo shows a herd of running wildebeest. It is the teaser image for the CC team page.

          Team

          About us

          CC manages the core content business as well as animal and participant administration from its Berlin office. Get to know the team.

          About us

          CC manages the core content business as well as animal and participant administration from its Berlin office. Get to know the team.

          The operational business is managed by the CC office in Berlin. Heiko Werning, Vanessa Dubberke and Tina Nagorzanski are in charge of the core content business, animal and participant management on the one hand, and the day-to-day editorial business on the other. Johannes Penner as curator for research & zoology is mainly responsible for higher-level questions of population management and research cooperation, and as project manager for the development of “Wild at Home”. Otherwise, given the size of the team, it goes without saying that we support and represent each other to the best of our abilities.

          Information on the organisational structure of Citizen Conservation can be found here.

          Team

          Citizen Conservation Foundation gGmbH
          Reichenberger Street 88
          10999 Berlin, Germany
          Germany

          Phone: +49 (0) 30 92 10 13-223
          Mail: info |at| citizen-conservation.org
          Web: www.citizen-conservation.org




            Team

            Citizen Conservation Foundation gGmbH
            Reichenberger Street 88
            10999 Berlin, Germany
            Germany

            Phone: +49 (0) 30 92 10 13-223
            Mail: info |at| citizen-conservation.org
            Web: www.citizen-conservation.org





              organization

              Organization

              About us

              Citizen Conservation was founded to make a countable contribution in the fight against species extinction.

              About us

              Citizen Conservation was founded to make a countable contribution in the fight against species extinction.

              History and background

              The threatening acceleration of species extinction on our planet is one of the great challenges humanity is facing. Coordinated research and captive breeding is an essential element if we are to halt this trend. We still know far too little about many factors of coexistence within habitats to effectively protect these habitats. Understanding species offers a key to this. Where we fail temporarily or completely to conserve habitats, species will be able to persist in human care alone. We bear responsibility for the future of life on Earth.

              Zoos, research institutions and many dedicated private owners have always been committed to the protection of animals and species. In Citizen Conservation, they join forces to counter the new dimension of the threat with a powerful set of instruments. In Citizen Conservation bündeln sie ihre Kräfte, um der neuen Dimension der Bedrohung ein leistungsfähiges Instrumentarium entgegenzusetzen.

              Organization

              As a non-profit limited liability company, the Citizen Conservation Foundation pursues exclusively idealistic goals. The articles of association state that the aim is “to contribute to the fight against global species extinction, with a focus on the coordinated conservation breeding in captivity.” Started in 2018 as a joint project of Frogs & Friends, with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde (DGHT) and the Verband der Zoologischen Gärten (VdZ) the non-profit limited liability company was founded in 2022 with the three initiators as shareholders.


              Partners

              Citizen Conservation is open to all institutions and people who are committed to animal and species conservation and see the current wave of extinction as a challenge for society as a whole.

              The following partners contribute financially to the development of Citizen Conservation: Kölner Zoo AG, Zoologischer Garten Basel AG, Zoologischer Garten Augsburg GmbH, Deutsche Tierpark-Gesellschaft e.V. (DTG), Zoologisch-Botanischer Garten Stuttgart (Wilhelma).

              The following cooperation partners support Citizen Conservation with benefits for CC participants: Six feet to eat.

              Supporters 25,000 euros


              Supporters 10,000 euros


              Supporters 5,000 euros


              Cooperation partners

              Organizational structure

              The shareholders’ meeting, formally the highest body of the gGmbH, is composed of the respective chairmen of the associations, namely Prof. Dr. Jörg Junhold, PD Dr. Mark-Oliver Rödel, Dr. Markus Monzel and Marco Schulz.
              A supervisory board chaired by Dr. Tim Schikora (Director of Schwerin Zoo) was established as a controlling body, in which, in addition to representatives of the shareholders, other key content and financial partners are given a voice.
              The operational business is run under a management agreement in joint operation between Frogs & Friends and Citizen Conservation under the management of Björn Encke.

              The Scientific Advisory Board serves to support the management in the professional and entrepreneurial development of CC. In addition to various individuals, it also includes the respective advisory boards for the individual animal groups. These are composed of private and institutional experts and are significantly involved in the selection of species as well as the design of the CC programs.

              Members of the Supervisory Board and Advisory Board of CC

              Mitglieder des Aufsichtsrates
              Dr. Tim Schikora (Vorsitzender)Direktor Zoo Schwerin, Schatzmeister VdZ (Verband der Zoologischen Gärten)
              Saskia Kress (stellvertr. Vorsitzende)Geschäftsführerin Filmtank GmbH, Geschäftsführerin Interactive Media Foundation
              Dr. Markus MonzelPräsident DGHT (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde)
              Marco SchulzSchatzmeister DGHT (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde)
              Dr. Stephan Hering-HagenbeckDirektor Tiergarten Schönbrunn
              PD Dr. Mark-Oliver RödelVorsitzender Frogs & Friends
              Gert EmmrichPräsident DTG (Deutsche Tierparkgesellschaft)
              Dr. Olivier PaganDirektor Zoologischer Garten Basel
              Mitglieder des Wissenschaftlichen Beirats
              Volker EnnenbachInhaber Tropenparadies Oberhausen
              Alexander KühnenCEO Bahlsen GmbH & Co KG
              Dr. Arne SchulzeGeschäftsführer ZGAP (Zoologische Gesellschaft für Arten- und Populationsschutz e.V.)
              Dr. Tobias KohlGeschäftsführer Stiftung Artenschutz
              Matt GoetzKurator Durrel Wildlife Conservation Trust/Jersey
              Fachbeirat Amphibien
              Prof. Dr. Thomas ZieglerKurator Aquarium & Koordinator Naturschutzprojekte Kölner Zoo
              PD Dr. Tobias EisenbergFachtierarzt für Mikrobiologie Abteilungsleiter Veterinärmedizin, Hessisches Landeslabor, Gießen
              Dr. Karl-Heinz JungferPrivathalter
              Dr. Axel KwetGeschäftsführer DGHT (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde)
              Dr. Joachim NerzPrivathalter
              Fachbeirat Fische
              Anton WeissenbacherKurator Tiergarten Schönbrunn
              Stefan InselmannProject Manager Sander Aqua Design
              Ariel JackenSeniorkurator Zoo Leipzig
              David KasihKurator 1000-Arten-Projekt
              Dr. Holger KrausKurator Exotarium Zoo Zürich
              Benjamin WildenProjektleiter Paroshpromenus Project
              Stefan Karl HetzWissenschaftlicher Fachreferent Heimtiere und Internationale Beziehungen beim ZZF (Zentralverband Zoologischer Fachbetriebe e.V.)
              Fachbeirat Reptilien
              Dr. Philipp WagnerArtenschutz-Kurator Allwetterzoo Münster
              Markus AuerSammlungsmanager/-techniker, Senckenberg Naturhistorische Sammlungen Dresden
              Gregor GeislerPrivathalter und Tierarzt
              Felix HulbertPrivathalter & Mitarbeiter Zoo Frankfurt
              Christian LangnerLeiter Internationales Zentrum für Schildkrötenschutz, Allwetterzoo Münster
              Thomas LindnerPrivathalter & selbstständiger herpetologischer Gutachter
              Anna RauhausReviertierpflegerin Terrarium Kölner Zoo
              Fabian SchmidtKurator Zoo Basel

              The key on the stairs. Nothing works without professional expertise. At CC’s annual advisory board meeting, experts from the various subject areas discuss and exchange ideas. During the year, consultations are usually held online in smaller groups. © Tillmann Konrad

              Contact

              Citizen Conservation Foundation gGmbH
              Reichenberger Street 88
              10999 Berlin, Germany
              Germany

              Phone: +49 (0) 30 92 10 13-223
              Mail: info |at| citizen-conservation.org
              Web: www.citizen-conservation.org




                Contact

                Citizen Conservation Foundation gGmbH
                Reichenberger Street 88
                10999 Berlin, Germany
                Germany

                Phone: +49 (0) 30 92 10 13-223
                Mail: info |at| citizen-conservation.org
                Web: www.citizen-conservation.org





                  History

                  History

                  About us

                  From the ambitious project of three associations to a non-profit limited company – and a civil society movement: the history of Citizen Conservation.

                  About us

                  From the ambitious project of three associations to a non-profit limited company – and a civil society movement: the history of Citizen Conservation.

                  The goal was clear from the start: Citizen Conservation wants to help save as many species as possible from extinction through conservation breeding in human care. The way to achieve this is already a promise in the name: Citizen Conservation are people who keep and breed endangered animals in their spare time to support the conservation efforts of zoos and other institutions. After all, the task of countering the biodiversity crisis with a countable contribution is too great for us to allow ourselves to do without the knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment of many private animal keepers.

                  Awarded species protection

                  Founded in 2014, the Frogs & Friends organisation, which sees itself as a kind of PR agency for amphibians and is made up of a diverse mix of experts from media, private wildlife keeping, zoos and science, was asked by the Verband der Zoologischen Gärten (Association of Zoological Gardens, VdZ) in 2017 for an idea of how private individuals who breed amphibians at home could be included in ex-situ species conservation projects for these animals together with professional institutions. Frogs & Friends then developed the CC concept and invited leading experts to a kick-off workshop in January 2018 to discuss its design and feasibility. The result of an intensive weekend: The venture should be taken!

                  The workshop participants formed the CC operational advisory board, which was tasked with steering the content of the project through a five-year pilot phase. Frogs & Friends, VdZ and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde (German Society for Herpetology and Terrarium Science, DGHT) agreed in mid-2018 to provide basic funding for this pilot phase in order to test and optimise the ideas and processes of CC in practice using amphibians as an example. The mission was to establish professionally coordinated conservation breeding programmes for endangered amphibian species in cooperation with institutions and private individuals. However, as the idea of the need to save species through ex situ husbandry requires a social backing, CC was also intended to be a ‘pro ex situ’ campaign in order to create an understanding among the wider public of both the dramatic threat of species extinction and the need to take countermeasures involving wild animal husbandry in human care. CC’s concept was so convincing that the initiators Björn Encke and Heiko Werning were awarded the “Kultur- und Kreativpiloten Deutschland 2019” prize by the German government.

                  Kick-off with amphibians

                  Given the history and the people involved, it was only logical to start with amphibians. Frogs, toads, newts and salamanders are one of the most endangered groups of animals in the world, with 41% of the species at risk of extinction. And they have been significantly underrepresented in zoo animal husbandry to date, while there are many private individuals who have had great success in breeding these animals and have accumulated an impressive knowledge of them. In autumn 2018, the critically endangered Lake Patzcuaro Salamander were the first animals to move into the aquariums of CC participants, with four other amphibian species following soon after – a start had been made!

                  A start-up for species conservation to counter the escalating biodiversity crisis with visible and countable results.

                  Wild at Home

                  The tasks of the pilot phase also included the development of a practicable and efficient online population management system for the administration and coordination of CC participants and animals – no trivial matter given the complexity of the task and the number of individuals. The result should therefore be available to society as a whole beyond CC in order to create more transparency and efficiency in private wildlife management overall. Thanks to funding from the “IGP – Innovation Programme for Business Models and Pioneering Solutions“ of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action and the database specialist marmalade GmbH, the wildlife database “Wild at Home” was finally developed, the beta version of which went online in 2023 and will soon be available to all wildlife keepers after further expansion.

                  Standing on our own two feet

                  The first breeding successes were already celebrated in the following year 2019. By the end of the pilot phase in 2022, CC participants were already looking after 1,382 animals from 15 species.

                  Another task of the pilot phase was to find a sustainable structure for CC so it could operate as an independent organisation in the future. The Citizen Conservation Foundation gGmbH was therefore founded in 2022. The previous project sponsors Frogs & Friends, VdZ and DGHT became shareholders of the non-profit limited company. The shareholders’ assembly appointed a supervisory board to oversee the fate of CC, with Dr Tim Schikora, Director of Schwerin Zoo, as its first chairman. The managing director of CC is Björn Encke, who oversees the CC office in Berlin. CC is advised on content by a scientific advisory board, whose specialist groups are dedicated to the individual animal groups. At the first advisory board meeting in the new organisational form in January 2023 in Berlin, an advisory board for fish and one for reptiles were established in addition to the amphibian advisory board. The first fish species had already been included in CC in 2020 in anticipation of this, with the first reptiles following in 2023.

                  Mark-Oliver Rödel (Chairman F&F, back left), Marco Schulz (President DTG, back right), Markus Monzel (Chairman DGHT, front right) and Björn Encke (Managing Director CC, front left) signing the partnership agreement at the DGHT Conference 2022 in Berlin.

                  The inclusion of further animal groups is planned for the future, as is increased geographical expansion outside the German-speaking region. This scaling, as well as the expansion of the portfolio of species cared for, is dependent on the financial resources available to CC. Supporting institutions are just as welcome as individual donors and, of course, other committed people who want to give a great hobby a deeper meaning with their voluntary wild animal husbandry and stand up to species extinction. Because keeping saves species!