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Celebrating biodiversity - ZEISS Nature Conservation Projects (1 Viewer)

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Celebrating biodiversity and enjoying manifold species in their natural habitats is what nature observation and conservation is about. ZEISS cooperates with nature conservation organizations since many years to support their work in saving habitats and endangered species.

This newsletter gives you some impulses on the precious and interesting nature conservation projects ZEISS is involved in. Let's embrace biodiversity in nature and protect it!

ZEISS supports NABU Nature Conservation Center
on Lake Federsee


Binoculars and spotting scopes from ZEISS allow nature lovers to experience nature in a very personal way and can therefore play a key and active role in protecting plants and animal species.

ZEISS has been supporting the NABU Nature Conservation Center on Lake Federsee in Germany for around 20 years, including through its permanent loan of binoculars from the company’s Victory, Conquest, and Terra lines. The binoculars are not only used by volunteers involved in nature and wildlife conservation on site, but are also made available to visitors, for example during guided tours.

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Guided tours and ornithological inventories are important jobs performed by the NABU Center on Lake Federsee. High-performance optics are essential for these tasks.” - Dr. Katrin Fritzsch, director of the conservation center

Learn more about the NABU center and the contribution of ZEISS optics on our ZEISS Nature Blog.
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Article: When eagle eyes aren't enough


ZEISS and NABU jointly protect vultures in Kenya
The Vultures‘ Restaurant


At the same time, thousands of kilometers away from Germany ZEISS is again partnering up with NABU standing up for vultures in Kenya. There are eleven different vulture species in Africa, but their population has reduced by 65-80 percent in the last 20 years. Alone in Kenya six out of eight species are now classified as critically endangered.

One of the most important reasons for this is the tension between people and wild animals. Predators like lions or leopards eat domestic animals, which leads the owners of the domestic animals to poison the wild animals. When vultures eat the carrion of the poisoned animals they also die from the poison, which was not meant for them.

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To prevent this, a prototype for a safe and guaranteed poison-free feeding station for endangered vultures and other birds of prey in Kenya has been developed.
ZEISS supports the funding of a local employee who works to protect the species of vultures and other birds of prey. This is the basis for new, identified safe vulture zones in Northern Kenya.

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Article: The Vulture's Restaurant

ZEISS long-term sponsorship of DDA
New records during the Day of Species Diversity

Since 2012, ZEISS has partnered with Dachverband Deutscher Avifaunisten (DDA), who recently held their annual Birdrace in May. This event exceeded all expectations with a new record reached of more than 2,600 participants, 900 teams and over 60.000€ raised to support ornitho.de.
Read more about the DDA Birdrace and follow some participants on their first bird race on our ZEISS Nature Blog.
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Article: The first bird race ever

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Christopher König, ornitho supervisor and co-organizer of the DDA Birdrace, was also joining on his bike. The ZEISS Harpia 95 spotting scope was his optic of choice to capture all the different species at the Birdrace. He reports:

“I was immediately very positively surprised at how quickly you can get the right viewing area, and thus immediately capture flying birds in the sky. Even when observing at dusk, the large lens diameter is very noticeable and you still have a clear view for a long time.”

More about the ZEISS Harpia 95
 
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ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
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