LINCZ is the initiative of two zoo-based conservationists, Angela Glatston and José Kok, who have had many years of experience facilitating conservation support in the their own zoos as well as in the wider EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) community. Their experience has taught them that many zoos would like to support conservation activities but are unsure of how to find meaningful projects conducted by trustworthy and communicative organisations.
Has a Bachelors degree in Zoology and a PhD in Physical Anthropology. She worked in Rotterdam Zoo from 1977 until she retired. During that period she worked in various capacities including research biologist and curator of mammals (primates and hoofed stock). For the last 10 years she worked as conservation coordinator. Angela was a member of the EAZA Conservation Committee for several years and chaired the EAZA European Carnivore Conservation Campaign from 2008-2010. She was also the chair of the IUCN SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group for several years and wrote the 1990 IUCN Action Plan for Ailurids and Procyonids. Today continues to coordinate the Global Species Management Plan (GSMP) for the red panda and is president elect of Red Panda Network, a conservation NGO working to protect the red panda.
Has a MSc in Biology. Works in Ouwehand Zoo Rhenen since 1995 in various functions from Biologist-Educator to Zoological director. Strong focus on Conservation and specialized in Bear Conservation from 2008 until 2016 when she part time worked for the NGO Bears in Mind. Next to membership of the IUCN SSC Captive Bear Expert Team she is chairing the EAZA Bear TAG (and studbook keeper of the European brown bear) and as such got involved with other bear species, especially polar bears. From 2013 until 2015 she chaired the EAZA Pole to Pole Campaign and is board member of the Ouwehand Zoo Foundation (OZF).