Since the launch of Vietnamazing in September at the EAZA conference 2023, the campaign has seen a steady growth in interest. Currently the campaign has over 115 members from EAZA institutions and conservation partners. Furthermore, some institutions have already taken the first steps in presenting Vietnamazing to their visitors.
The Cologne Zoo Aquarium houses seven of Vietnamazing´s nine flagship species. At the end of last year on the occasion of their annual event ‘Long Night at the Aquarium’ their team seized the opportunity to focus on these highly threatened species. Donations were collected through different information stands on the species biology and the zoos conservation work as well as through backstage tours by keepers. Since the event the Aquarium showcases Vietnamazing to its visitors through diverse new signboards and the movie.
The launch of the campaign at Zoo Leipzig happened on the 10th of February, which is the Vietnamese new year called Tet. As this coincided with the start of the winter holidays, the campaign was presented at an information stand, at which children were encouraged to playfully learn more about the endangered species. Donations were collected at the stand as well as through a qr-code leading to a donation page. The Vietnamazing movie is continuously shown at the Entdeckerhaus Arche, Leipzig’s conservation centre.
In the following months we are looking forward to hearing from more campaign participants about how they showcase Vietnamazing in their institutions and sharing them on this website and the campaign´s social media accounts.