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.

Coronavirus update: The EAZA Statement on the Coronavirus COVID-19 can be found here

Staying longer? If you plan to extend your stay, click here to find nice and interesting places worth visiting, suggested by the Zagreb Zoo team. And don't forget to join us in the excursions organized by Zoo Zagreb. 

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)


Don't forget to register for the pre and post-conference excursions organized by Zoo Zagreb. Full = full, spaces are limited, more information can be found on the excursions page. During conference week, delegates can visit Zagreb Zoo anytime by showing their conference badge at the Zoo entrance.

EAZA pre-conference Academy course

More information about the EAZA Academy course 'Effective communication and marketing of conservation' will become available soon. 

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Pricing schedule (CANCELLED)

Full conference, early rate  €280
Full conference, regular rate €335
Single day, early rate €93
Single day, regular rate €112
EAZA Academy course (EAZA members)


EAZA Academy course (Non-EAZA members)


Pre-conference day tour to Beli rescue center on Cres €100
Post-conference day tour to Plitvice NP and Rastoke €70

Early bird rate is available until 20 March 2020, student discount fees are not available. 

Please take notice of the EAZA Events cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel more than four weeks before the event starts you will be reimbursed the full registration fee minus €50,- handling charges.
  • If you cancel less than three weeks before the event starts you will be charged 25% of the fees.
  • If you cancel less than two weeks before the event starts you will be charged 50% of the fees. 

Cancellations one week prior to the event will not be refunded

It is your responsibility to ensure that your cancellation for the Academy course/EAZA Conservation Forum is confirmed by the EAZA Academy or the EAZA Office respectively.

In case of questions, please contact mirko.marseille@eaza.net


Submit your abstract

For the 2020 edition of the EAZA Conservation Forum we are looking to provide an interesting and diverse programme with a specific focus on the different ways and methods for EAZA Members to become and stay involved in conservation. 

Abstract submission is closed. Please contact merel.zimmermann@eaza.net for questions.

Conservation Forum Themes

Fundraising models
How do you effectively fundraise? There is not one model that works for everything or everywhere, so we are looking for as many different models developed and implemented by EAZA Members- but also by other conservation organisations - to provide inspiration for those looking for new ways or adapt their current methods.

Delegating implementation of conservation efforts to conservation organizations
How can one have the biggest impact with the sometimes limited resources (financial or in-kind) available for supporting conservation? How does one choose where or which project or activity to invest the resources and then maintain connection to the project or activity?

Building long-term partnership between zoos/aquaria and field projects
When a partnership between a zoo and/or aquarium, a field project or local community has been established - it can evolve into something bigger and make cross-representation in activities possible. We are looking for examples of how a project and partnerships can evolve and how the strategic decision-making has resulted in this evolution.

Think global, act local
We would like to give room for both EAZA Members and other conservation organisations to showcase and discuss how to reach out to local communities of businesses, government and/or other conservation organisations in initiating or joining local conservation efforts (species, habitat, sustainability or other). Why become locally involved? What worked and what did not? What networks or skills have proven to be important?

Different models of conservation
There are various ways to be involved in conservation; raising funds, being part of or executing conservation research, running conservation projects in range-countries, advocating and lobbying for legislative or policy change , contributing staff time and expertise, running educational programmes specifically focussed on conservation. A combination of all of the above and then some also happens. We are interested to hear about all these different models and oppurtunities for being involved in conservation to inspire EAZA Members to find their perfect fit.

Communication and marketing of conservation
Next to having the right technical and scientific expertise in place, there is also the aspect of effectively communicating your efforts and sometimes even “sell” conservation within the zoo and aquarium community but also within the conservation and wider communities. We are looking for examples of strategies developed and chosen.



Please note: Due to Croatian Presidency of the EU Council it is anticipated that May 2020 will be a busy month in terms of accommodation and capacity. It is therefore advised to make your accommodation bookings as early as possible!

The venue for the EAZA Conservation Forum 2020 is Hotel International, 100 rooms have been reserved for Forum delegates until the booking date of 10 March 2020.

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You can make a booking through the website, you need to enter the arrival date and  following promo code CF2020Zagreb

Room prices (including discount)

Single bedroom (with breakfast) €100
Double bedroom with breakfast) €110

Plus additional tax €1,10 per day

Hotel International is located in the heart of the city’s business district. The city centre, with its historic, cultural sites and institutions, is accessible on foot or by tram.

Other hotels in close vicinity of the conference venue:

Hotel Single room Double room Venue distance (public transport) Venue distance (by foot) Contact
Hotel Central €96  €103 13 min (different tram lines)  16 min (1.2 km) info@hotel-central.hr   
Hotel Garden n/a €85 12 min (one tram line)  16 min (1.2 km) info@gardenhotel.hr
Hotel Like  €85 €100 21 min (one tram line)  28 min (2.3 km) info@arthotellike.hr 
Hotel Zagreb  €50 €70 19 min (one tram line)  32 min (2.5 km) info@hostelzagreb.com.hr
Hotel Jadran  n/a €95 24 min (one tram line)  29 min (2.3 km) jadran@hup-zagreb.hr
Meridijan 16  €59 €78 10 min (one tram line)  23 min (1.8 km) desk@meridijan16.com
Hotel Fala  €43 €56 14 min (with bus line)  18 min (1.4 km) info@hotelfala.hr
Fancy Hostel €23 €33 10 min (one tram line)  12 min (950 m) info@fancyhostel.com 
Palmers Lodge Hostel €53 €60 16 min (different tram lines)  17 min (1.5 km) bookings@palmerslodge.com.hr 
My Way Hostel €35 €51 17 min (one tram line)  20 min (1.6 km) mywayhostelzagreb@gmail.com


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.