The ITP project was started with the aim of preserving the current stock of tanagers in Europe and expanding it. Main goal is to expand the amount of tanager species/birds in zoos and private breeders.
Within the project, zoos, birdparks and private breeders all work together to achieve this goal. This is done by sharing information and experience and exchance birds to create new pairs. There are several themes that are highlighted within the project, these are among others; cooperation, feeding and diet, diseases and keeping tanagers healthy, preservation of species and husbandry. An important factor for this is to get as much information as possible. While some species have been bred in Holland as earlier as 1972(on record) there is little information available on tanagers, therefore it is important that the information that is present be preserved and updated where possible. We aim at making this information visible for everyone that is interested in keeping and breeding tanagers. If you have information on breeding certain species of tanagers, please feel free to contact us!
Another important part for the project is to help breeders and zoos create new pairs. For many species it has become very difficult to find single birds or get a new pair together, we can help you with that. We know what is available and who has bred what. We do this by bringing you in contact with a breeder, and an exchange program between zoos and private breeders has already started. For certain species we are buidling a breeding program to help the population grow and the goal is that the population eventually will be self-sustaining. Important to remember is that for many species of tanager a lot of subspecies exist. We are against interbreeding! Only in certain curcomstances it can be allowed, but only after good consideration. We are at the moment doing research on the amount of species and subspecies currently kept within Europe and try to find information on the difference between species and subspecies.
Cooperating to ensure to future for tanagers in captivity
Piranga rubra - Summer tanager