Hosted by Zagreb Zoo, Croatia (19-23 May, 2020)


In the light of the COVID-19 outbreak being classed as a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation, and in line with guidance from them and other sources, EAZA has made the difficult decision to cancel this event. We have been in contact with our host, and we intend to examine solutions that may allow elements of this meeting to proceed remotely by teleconference, or at a later date. We will be in touch with registered delegates to provide further details of how and when we will proceed with these activities and potential refunds.


 Zoo Zagreb welcomes you!

Zagreb zoo extends its warmest regards and invites you to attend the 2020 EAZA Conservation Forum, aimed at sharing knowledge and experience in the service of better conservation.  With nature and the environment under a pressure that increases daily, we all understand that we need to change our ways of thinking and living to assure a sustainable future.  There is a huge opportunity for zoos and conservationists to help nature and to help people to include conservation actions in their everyday lives – but how do we go about improving our collaborations to ensure the best possible outcomes? 

The 2020 EAZA Conservation Forum aims to generate the discussions that will help us all do better conservation – both in the field and in the zoo.  We invite you to explore Zagreb, Croatia, and our zoo, to learn more about our native fauna projects, and meet present and future partners to share dreams and plans of collaboration.  We are confident that the Forum will generate new partnerships and empower existing and future conservation projects – and look forward to meeting you to join forces, generate new ideas and meet new people!  

Your Zoo Zagreb team

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EAZA Conservation Forum 2020

The furtherance of wildlife conservation has become the predominant objective of EAZA and its members. It's now clear that the zoo and aquarium community's role in conservation extends far beyond helping to save endangered species through ex situ breeding programmes. Through their links with in situ projects many members of EAZA are active in the conservation of habitats and entire ecosystems. The EAZA Conservation Forum is a biennial event bringing together over 100 representatives of zoos and aquariums, conservation organisations and in situ conservation projects for three days of workshops, presentations and other activities.

From 19 – 23 May 2020, the EAZA Conservation Forum will be hosted by Zagreb Zoo in Croatia (CANCELLED)

The location of the venue is:

Hotel International
Miramarska Cesta 24
10000, Zagreb

Conference schedule

Monday 18 May Optional pre-conference day tour to Beli rescue center on Cres (€100)
Tuesday 19 May EAZA Academy Course & Icebreaker (19:00 - 22:00)
Wednesday 20 May Forum Programme day 1
Thursday 21 May Forum Programme day 2 & Zagreb city tour
Friday 22 May

Forum Programme day 3 & Farewell dinner at the Mimara museum (19:00 - 01:00)

Saturday 23 May

Optional guided zoo visit & excursion to freshwater aquarium Aquatika (no charge)

Sunday 24 May

Optional post-conference day tour to Plitvice NP and Rastoke (€70)

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Arriving by air

Like all major cities in the world, Zagreb has an airport nearby. Just 17 km from the centre, 20-25 minutes by car, the modern Pleso Airport will offer you all the necessary facilities and services, whether you’re a local or a tourist, so your journey through our city can start and end pleasantly. Located in the vicinity of Velika Gorica, Pleso Airport is a centre for every renowned airline, numerous rent-a-car offices, and restaurants. It has a large and secure parking lot, which adds to your comfort and makes your stay in our city carefree.

Bus connections between Pleso Airport and Zagreb:

Arriving by train

The Main Railway Station is on King Tomislav Square, just a 10 minute walk from the centre. Beside its primary function, receiving passengers, the  Main Railway Station, like all modern stations, offers other amenities to modern travelers: cloakroom, seat reservation office, information booth, money exchange, restaurants, advertizing, lost and found office and car transport by rail.

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Arriving by car

Major international road routes are: Trieste-Ljubljana-Zagreb, Graz-Maribor-Zagreb, Klagenfurt-Ljubljana-Zagreb, Budapest-Varaždin-Zagreb, Rijeka-Zagreb Motorway

Arriving by bus

The bus terminal is on Marin Držić Avenue, and it’s only a few minutes away from Ban Josip Jelačić Square by tram (line 6). More information can be found here: https://www.akz.hr/en

Public transport in Zagreb

 Zagreb Municipal Transit System (ZET) operates trams and buses.  Tickets can be bought at news-stands, in trams and on the buses, but are less expensive if bought at news-stands. You can check Ticket prices here. 

ZET uses the following types of tickets:

  • single tickets
  • daily tickets
  • monthly passes
  • yearly passes and yearly cards

When entering a vehicle, the passengers are obliged to validate their single or daily ticket, or show their travel pass or any other valid ZET document serving as a travel ticket to the driver.


Photo credits

  • Header image: Medvedgrad optimizirano by Zoran Jelaca
  • Conferene venue by the Hotel International
  • Zagreb Cathedral by Ivo Biocina
  • Nature park Telascica by Ivo Biocina

Plus images used on https://www.eaza.net/events/eaza-conservation-forum-2020/travel-tips/:

  • Split peristil by Denis Peros
  • National Park Krka by Zoran Jelaca
  • Dubrovnik by Ivo Biocina
  • National Park Risnjak by Ivo Biocina


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The EAZA Conservation Forum is supported by the European Union LIFE NGO funding programme. The European Union is not responsible for the views displayed in publications and/or in conjunction with the activities for which the grant is used.