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Become a part of species conservation. Your donation will help us develop the Citizen Conservation breeding program.

Competently breeding and caring for animals is a big responsibility – and a necessary one. Citizen Conservation (CC) is a network of private and professional breeders. The program was created by zoo employees, scientists, and private enthusiasts that are all convinced it is high time to join forces and tackle the challenge of species extinction. By supporting these people, you will help Citizen Conservation take off.

Our goals

Creating Reserves

Many species will only survive if we manage to establish healthy populations through captive breeding before they disappear.

Gaining Knowledge

Insights into the way of life of these animals are key to understanding ecosystems and implementing effective conservation measures.

Capacity building

The existing capacities of zoological institutions alone will not be enough to cover the steadily increasing demand for coordinated breeding programs.

Our mission

Species extinction is threatening the systems we rely on for our survival as well. Citizen Conservation combines scientific know-how with civil commitment. Together, we can master this challenge.

Our financing

Citizen Conservation’s basic sources of financing are our three leading partners: the Association of Zoological Gardens (VdZ), Frogs & Friends e.V. and the German Society for Herpetology and Herpetoculture (DGHT). For the further development of the program, we rely on donations.

Most of our finances are spent on:

  • Staff and material costs to ensure the breeding of adequate animal populations
  • Coordinating and establishing breeding programs
  • Publicizing our projects to incorporate more species and breeders into our program in the future

Successes and next steps

We have already managed to create breeding programs for the first five species with private and professional breeders working together.

The following projects are planned for the next few months, and we are currently working on their financing and organization:

  • Starting a Citizen Conservation breeding program for the Vietnamese Crocodile Newt, Tylototriton vietnamensis
  • Preparing further Citizen Conservation breeding programs
  • Preparing a campaign in zoos (May 2020)
  • Acquiring further partners (institutional and private)
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Success story: 50 years of experience for salamanders
Uwe Seidel is in his mid fifties and runs a dental technology lab. Philip Gerhardt is in his late twenties and studies biology. They have shared a passion for nearly 10 years: breeding fire salamanders.
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Success story: The frog whisperer
Karl-Heinz Jungfer loves to tinker and observe. If he can’t help tropical species reproduce, no one can.
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Success story: Basement treasure
Doris Preininger and Thomas Wampula love reptiles, amphibians, and other heterothermic animals. They are breeding one of their favorites in the Vienna zoo Tiergarten Schönbrunn - the Lake Pátzcuaro Salamander - which likes it cool and clean.
Success story: 50 years of experience for salamanders
Uwe Seidel is in his mid fifties and runs a dental technology lab. Philip Gerhardt is in his late twenties and studies biology. They have shared a passion for nearly 10 years: breeding fire salamanders.
Success story: The Frog Whisperer
Karl-Heinz Jungfer loves to tinker and observe. If he can’t help tropical species reproduce, no one can.
Success story: Basement treasure
Doris Preininger and Thomas Wampula love reptiles, amphibians, and other heterothermic animals. They are breeding one of their favorites in the Vienna zoo Tiergarten Schönbrunn - the Lake Pátzcuaro Salamander - which likes it cool and clean.

Help us Start a Movement

Thousands of species are on the verge of extinction. Zoos cannot save them all on their own. That’s why Citizen Conservation wants to start a movement everyone can become a part of! Experienced breeders can support programs for highly endangered and rare species, while newcomers can breed less demanding species.
They all send a message to the world about the threat to biodiversity, with the best ambassadors possible: themselves! Every donation helps us…

  • Build stable populations of endangered species in captivity
  • Respond quickly in acute crisis situations, such as the outbreak of a deadly disease
  • Take away the business foundation of illegal wildlife trade
  • Promote the cause of endangered species

We appreciate every donation, as they all help us continue to develop our projects. Of course, we are happy to issue receipts for your tax-deductible contributions.