FAQ's about Outplacement

This is a short list of the most frequently asked questions about Outplacement. For more information, or if you need support, please use this contact form.

Why do you not keep the animals yourself; you are a sanctuary right?

AAP has adopted a half-way house principle to keep its practical impact: rescuing animals in need. It is therefore a rescue centre, not a sanctuary. All recovered animals should leave AAP for permanent care in zoological institutions to create space for new animals.

How does AAP operate?

AAP’s mission is to improve general animal welfare of exotic animals in captivity. Its outplacement work is based on mutual respect. Throughout its 40 years of existence, AAP learned that solid cooperation between animal rescue and permanent housing organizations is critical to reach its goals.

AAP is:

  • an informal partner of EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria)
  • a non EAZA EEP participant
  • full member of EARS (European Association of Rescue Centres and Sanctuaries)
  • full member of VOND (Dutch Association of Rescue Centres)
  • member of ISIS (International Species Information System), using ZIMS and MedicalZIMS

Where can I find an available list of animals ready to be outplaced?

AAP updates its ‘Outplacement List’ every 3 months (January, April, July, October). You can subscribe to this list by filling in the form.

What is the physical and psychological condition of AAP’s rescued animals?

Most are in good condition. Maybe not straight after arrival at AAP (they required rescuing after all), but certainly after rehabilitation by our veterinary and behavioral specialists. Intensive care normally results in solid, sociable (groups of) animals, no different from regular zoo animals. Then again, others do bare the scars (physically and mentally) of their often terrible past. AAP will not outplace animals unless it is as certain as it can be that the animals involved are stable, or not able to continue improving in the temporary housing facilities at Almere or Villena. When relevant, animals are accompanied by an appropriate care plan to ensure their long term stability.

My zoo is not a member of a zoo association: can I still get animals from you?

Yes of course! The institutions in AAP’s outplacement network have one thing in common: they continuously look to improve the welfare of the animals in their custody. AAP’s outplacement partners are very diverse in their background, size, scope and geographic location. For example, about 50% have a formal relationship with EAZA, all others do not.

What do you expect from me during an outplacement project?

AAP will take care of the whole procedure and will pay for the costs. Transport documentation, advise where needed, educational signs, the transport itself. Of course, AAP asks you to arrange things from your end: Veterinary import requirements (if relevant), CITES import documentation (if relevant), preparation of the exhibit where necessary. Training of your keepers at AAP if so desired. And finally, above all, long term care for the animals.

AAP is:

  • recognized under the Balai Directive (Council Directive 92/65/EEC)
  • registered with TRACES (account nr. 16774)
  • licensed long range animal transport carrier (Council Directive 1/2005/EEC )
  • licensed carrying agent in accordance to UK quarantine legislation
  • Dutch government registered and approved rescue organization
  • Recognized under the Zoo Directive (Council Directive 99/22/EEC)

What if I were to encounter a problem with your animals I can not solve?

AAP outplaces animals on a permanent loan basis. In other words: the animals stay in AAP’s ownership. It means that our outplacement partners can rely on our help if anything were to go wrong. Behavioral issues, business continuity issues, solitary animals; some examples where AAP will do everything in its power to assist. Luckily these things do not happen often. If they do, AAP will make sure to resolve the situation. Together.

What demands do you have towards an outplacement partner?

Looking at our 100+ active outplacement partners right now, their size, quality and potential vary immensely. But, there are a few common themes AAP looks at to ensure responsible decision making:

  1. they can provide long term appropriate animal care,
  2. they have no links to the circuits from which our rescue animals originate (animal trade, circuses, etc.),
  3. long term organizational stability, and,
  4. above all, a persistent drive to contribute to a better world, and to help others along the way.


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