At its meeting in mid-January EAZA's Executive Committee decided the locations for the EAZA Annual Conference in 2012 and 2013, to follow this year's visit to Verona and the 2011 conference in Montpellier. A number of high quality proposals to host the event were received, all from potentially excellent locations for EAZA's most important annual meeting.
The EAZA Annual Conference 2012 will be hosted by Alpenzoo Innsbruck in Austria. Located in the heart of the Alps at an altitude of 575 m above sea level, Innsbruck is encircled by majestic mountain peaks. Its historic town centre is an almost perfectly preserved relic of the Middle Ages, making it one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in central Europe. Its location at the crossroads of northern, southern, eastern and western Europe, and its academic tradition as a famous university town with some 20,000 students give Innsbruck great political and cultural standing.
In 2012 the Alpenzoo will celebrate its 50th anniversary. It is located at the foot of the Nordkette mountains on the sunny side of Innsbruck. In the year 2000 a complete reconstruction of the facility was initiated, including walk-through aviaries and mixed species exhibits resembling natural animal communities of Alpine fauna. The zoo is solely dedicated to the fauna and flora of the European Alps representing a unique animal collect ion of 150 species with about 2000 specimens.
In 2013 the EAZA Annual Conference will move to another institution celebrating an important anniversary, Edinburgh Zoo, part of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. The zoo will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013. Scotland's capital city brings together famous streets and historic buildings within a vibrant modern city. Edinburgh Zoo has a long association with EAZA. Some of the zoos highlights include award winning Budongo Trail facility for chimpanzees and the Living Links to Human Evolution Centre for capuchin and squirrel monkeys. It is also currently the secretariat for the IUCN (UK) Committee.