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Dear colleagues and friends,

We are currently living with a double global crisis and are facing one of the greatest challenges of our time: understanding the phenomena of climate change and the loss of biodiversity as causally linked effects with far-reaching impacts. While climate change is omnipresent in the public eye, the perceived loss of biodiversity has taken a subordinate position. It is our obligation as a zoo community to join forces with a holistic approach and to achieve more effective synergy effects in the fields of climate change and species conservation in order to preserve global biodiversity in times of climate change.

We are very proud to be hosting the EAZA Annual Conference in October 2024. We cordially invite you to join us in our unique city to discuss issues of biodiversity, species conservation and animal husbandry with us and to come up with some novel solutions.

I look forward to an intensive and constructive exchange of ideas with you.


Prof. Jörg Junhold
Director of Zoo Leipzig