The Indianapolis Zoo has partnered with an international conservation group to produce the very first International Center for Species Survival.
Rob Shumaker, president of the Indianapolis Zoological Society, and leaders of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) signed an agreement establishing the new center this week through a meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The center is slated to open in Indianapolis subsequent year, and was created probable by way of a $four million get started-up grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. Zoo officials say it will serve as an international as a hub for species conservation efforts.
“It’s no exaggeration to say that each substantial conservation project in the globe will be touched by the International Center for Species Survival,” Shumaker stated. “This is the subsequent significant step in our Zoo’s commitment to advancing animal conservation, and it fundamentally transforms our capacity to make a genuine distinction in defending the organic globe.”
The GCSS will employ a group of nine professionals primarily based at the Indianapolis Zoo. The Zoo and SSC are in the course of action of recruiting group members and constructing a new operating space inside the Zoo. Along with getting residence to the team’s offices, officials stated, the GCSS will host international meetings and conferences.