the invitation of the Director of the Zoological Garden in
Cologne, Professor Nogge, CMS Deputy Executive Secretary Moulay
Lahcen El Kabiri inaugurated the CMS exhibition at the terrarium
of the zoo.
After presenting the work of the Convention by Professor
Nogge, Mr. El Kabiri emphasized how the Cologne Zoo and
CMS work respectively to conserve migratory animals.
With its participation in the European Breeding Programme
the Cologne Zoo contributes to conserving these animals
and ensuring their survival for future generations. CMS
has collaborated with breeding centres in order to reintroduce
Sahelo-Saharan antelopes into the wild. CMS and the Cologne
Zoo are committed to the same flagship species.
The Cologne Zoo is the only zoological garden in Germany
with Saiga Antelopes. It thus helps to preserve a number
of individuals in captivity. They act as ambassadors to
the general public. CMS is currently negotiating a Memorandum
of Understanding with the Range States of the Saiga Antelope.
China, which is not a Range State, has joined consultations
to sustainably conserve this endangered animal.
Both Professor Nogge and Mr. El Kabiri expressed their
satisfaction that Siberian Cranes will enrich the biological
diversity of the Cologne Zoo later this year. CMS responded
to detailed media enquiries on the status of this endangered
flagship species and the work of the Convention to reduce
threats. CMS has strongly supported the development of a
UNEP-GEF African Eurasian Flyway project. The Siberian Crane
UNEP-GEF project will focus on two crane flyways and using
the Siberian Crane as a flagship species to identify an
international network of key wetlands supporting migratory
waterbirds in West and Central Asia and East Asia.
CMS continues its outreach strategy in Germany. The Cologne
Zoo is an excellent location to host the CMS exhibition.
It attracts the general public that will learn more about
our common natural heritage: migratory animals.