73rd WAZA Annual Conference Programme

Day by Day  Sunday, 21 October
8:00 a.m. – Registration (open until 17:00 pm)
8:30 a.m. – WAZA Council Meeting (closed)
14:00 p.m. – Sustainable Development Goals Workshop (closed)
18:00 p.m. – WAZA / CPSG Reception

Day One Monday, 22 October
8:00 a.m. – Registration (open until 17:00 pm)
8:30 a.m. – Opening Ceremony
9:00 a.m. – Keynote Address: Pilai Poonswad, Mahidol University
9:30 a.m. – WAZA Global Strategy
10:00 a.m. – Session I: Sustainable Development                                                    

  • WAZA Sustainability Strategy Development (Karen Fifield, Zoo Wellington)
  •  Measuring for Success (Bob Chastain, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo)

10:30 a.m. – Coffee / Tea
11:00 a.m. – Session I: Sustainable Development (cont.)

  • Green Teen Team
  • Placing zoo objectives in the forefront of national priorities for sustainability education (Miklós Persányi, Budapest Zoo)
  • Zoos in India moving towards sustainability (Brij Kishor Gupta, Central Zoo Authority)
  • Environmental Commitment at the Global South: Finding our own development pathway (María Clara Domínguez, Cali Zoo)
  • Aquarium Conservation Partnership Update: Collective Conservation Impact of Aquariums (Kim McIntyre, Monterey Bay Aquarium)
  • Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Update (Darrel Webber, RSPO)

12:30 p.m. – WAZA Environmental Sustainability Award Announcement
12:40 p.m. – Lunch
13:30 p.m. – Session II: Southeast Asian Conservation Panel

  • Moderator: Mike Barclay, Wildlife Reserves Singapore  Panel: Eric Tsao (Taipei Zoo)
  • Sonja Luz (ASAP)
  • Thomas Kauffels (Opel Zoo)
  • Boripat Siriaroonrat (ZPO)

15:00 p.m. – Coffee / Tea
15:30 p.m. – Session III: Conservation Presentations (concurrent)
Room 1

  • How trade, invasive species, and disease interact to cause amphibian declines (Anne Baker, Amphibian Ark)
  •  Evidence-based practice in zoos and aquariums: problems and potential pathways (Simon Tonge, Paignton Zoo)
  • Return of the Wild Horse of Mongolia (Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo) • A toolkit to improve the ethical review process in Conservation (Barbara de Mori, University of Padua)

Room 2

  • Critical role of long-term partnerships between zoos – the success story of the collaboration between Zoological Park Organization of Thailand and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (William Pitt, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute)
  • Building Sustainable Conservation Engagements (Alex Rubel, Zoo Zurich)
  • Saola’s Moment: The critical role of zoos in saving from extinction a Southeast Asian endemic no zoo holds (William Robichaud, Saola Working Group, IUCN- SSC)
  • Building Conservation and Leadership Capacity (Jenny Gray, Zoos Victoria)

18:00 p.m. – Dinner Cruise

Day Two  Tuesday, 23 October
8:00 a.m. – Registration (open until 17:00 pm)
8:30 a.m. – Session IV: Media Training

  • Facilitator: Roop Raj

10:00 a.m. – Coffee / Tea

10:30 a.m. – Session V: Animal Welfare Panel Session Assessment / Accreditation Panel

  • Moderator: Sabrina Brando, WAZA
  • Panel: Kris Vehrs, AZA
  • Myfanwy Griffith, EAZA
  • Nicola Craddock, ZAA
  • Phan Lam, SEAZA
  • John Werth, PAAZA
  • Etsuo Narushima, JAZA
  • Alexandra Guerra, ALPZA

12:00 a.m. – WAZA Conservation Award Announcement
12:10 p.m. – Lunch
13:00 p.m. – Keynote Address: Jane Goodall, Jane Goodall Institute
14:00 p.m. – Session VI: Animal Welfare Presentations (concurrent)
Room 1

  • The Illustrated Handbook of Zookeeping (Carsten Knott, ICZ)
  • Providing Good Welfare to Rescued and Confiscated Wildlife by Wildlife Reserves Singapore: Challenges and Successes (Wen-Haur Cheng, WRS)
  • Prevention of Bird Collisions with Glass (Monika Fiby, ZooLex Zoo Design Organization)

Room 2

  •  Animal welfare: What are we assessing and why? Commonalities in animal welfare concerns around the world (Dave Morgan, Wild Welfare)
  • SEAZA Report (Willem Manansang, SEAZA)
  • Promoting Positive Experiences in Animal Welfare (Nicola Craddock, ZAA)
  • Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare in the Future (Ron Kagan, Detroit Zoological Society)

14:00 p.m. – Associations Committee meeting (open)
15:00 p.m. – Coffee / Tea
15:30 p.m. – Session VII: Politics of Zoos and Aquariums Panel

  •  Moderator: Doug Cress, WAZA
  •  Panel: Dan Ashe, AZA § Parntep Ratanakronm, ZPO § Eric Bairrao-Ruivo, ZooParc de Beauval § Dario Lareu, Fundación Temaikèn

15:30 p.m. – Animal Welfare Committee meeting (open)
17:30 p.m. – WAZA New Members Reception

18:00 p.m. – Poster Session Reception

Day 3  Wednesday, 24 October
8:00 a.m. – Registration (open until 17:00 pm)
8:30 a.m. – Keynote Address: Kim Carstensen, Forest Stewardship Council
9:30 a.m. – Session VIII: Community Conservation Panel

  • Moderator: Judy Mann-Lang, SAAMBR
  • Panel: Jeffrey David Wyatt, Seneca Park Zoo
  • James Musinguzi, UWEC
  • Hugo du Plessis, Cango Wildlife Ranch
  • Camille Coudrat, Anoulak Project/ Beauval Zoo

9:30 a.m. – Conservation and Environmental Sustainability Committee (CESC) Meeting
9:30 a.m. – Aquariums Committee Meeting
10:30 a.m. – Coffee / Tea
11:00 a.m. – Session IX: Zoo and Aquarium Diversity Panel

  • Moderator: Karen Fifield, Wellington Zoo
  • Panel: David Walsh, Zoo Advisors
  • Suzanne Gendron, Ocean Park
  • Sheri Horizny, Oregon Zoo
  • Cheng Wen Haur, SEAZA

11:00 a.m. – Conservation and Environmental Sustainability Committee (CESC) meeting (cont.)
11:00 a.m. – Membership and Professional Ethics Committee meeting (closed)
12:00 p.m. – Zoo Day, Khao Kheow Open Zoo

Day 4  Thursday, 25 October
8:00 a.m. – Registration (open until 17:00 pm)
8:30 a.m. – Keynote Address: George Archibald, International Crane Foundation
9:30 a.m. – Session X: CITES Panel

  •  Moderator: Martín Zordan, WAZA
  •  Panel: Kris Vehrs, AZA
  •  Chris Sheppard, MONITOR
  •  Suzanne Hall, San Diego Zoo Global
  • Tom de Meulenaer, CITES (video)

9:30 a.m. – Animal Welfare Committee Meeting (closed)
10:30 a.m. – Coffee / Tea
11:00 a.m. – Session XI: Future Focus Presentations

  •  The role of cryobanking: zoos and aquariums can lead the way to secure species genetic variability (Dalia Conde, Species360 / Oliver Ryder, San Diego Zoo Global)
  • Creating a Sustainable Future for In-Country Conservation: The Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center at the University of Missouri St. Louis (Eric Miller, Saint Louis Zoo)
  • Taronga Institute: Leadership through inspiring Wildlife Science and Education (Cameron Kerr, Taronga Zoo)
  • Zoos: Does Size Matter? (Andrew Mooney, Trinity College Dublin)

12:00 p.m. – Lunch
13:00 p.m. – WAZA New Member Presentations

  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park
  • Kyoto City Zoo
  • Tennessee Aquarium
  •  Bergen Aquarium

13:30 p.m. – WAZA Plenary Presentations

  • Species360
  • Amphibian Ark
  • CPSG
  • Wild Welfare
  • IUCN Species Survival Commission
  • WAZA Global Strategy

15:00 p.m. – Coffee / Tea
15:30 p.m. – WAZA Annual General Meeting (finish at 17:00 p.m.)
18:30 p.m. – WAZA Farewell Dinner