Research and Conservation Symposium GaiaZOO


The Research and Conservation Symposium will be held at GaiaZOO Kerkrade on Friday the 6th of December 2019.
Below you can find the preliminary programme for the Symposium which takes place from 12:30 till 17:30. Featuring several presentations focused on species conservation and animal welfare and as a valve, there will be a network reception. Please note that we are still in the process of finalizing the programme and hence it may be subject to change.

For our administration we would like to ask you to register your partaking through the link below. We ask a Symposium fee of €2,- which will entirely go to the lesser flamingo chicks in South Africa. The Symposium fee is to be paid upon registration at the Symposium.

Register here.

Programme Research and Conservation Symposium | 6th of December 2019 at GaiaZOO Kerkrade
12:30 – 13:00        Registration

13:00 – 13:15        Opening Symposium
                               Emile Prins | GaiaZOO

13:15 – 14:00        Long-legged waterbird conservation: what’s happening and what can a zoo do?
                              Keynote speaker: Dr. Catherine King | Parque Zoologico de Lagos

14:00 – 14:20        Conservation education in GaiaZOO & the year of the flamingo
                               Hanneke de Boer | GaiaZOO


SESSION 1: Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare
14:50 – 15:10       Giant anteaters in captivity: a welfare assessment
                              Wouter van der Ven, Wietse Verwer & Jisri van Vliet |
                              University of Applied Sciences Van Hall Larenstein

15:10 – 15:30       Social dynamics of a group of Barbary macaques after introduction of a young male into
                              the group
                              Nicole Krichelberg, Laurie Patouillat & Dr. Fany Brotcorne | GaiaZOO & Liège University

15:30 – 15:50       Social relationships and welfare of castrated and intact male gorillas in Dutch zoos
                              Kim van Dijk, Lisette van den Berg, Thomas Bionda & Dr. Liesbeth Sterck | Utrecht University


SESSION 2: Zoo Conservation and Population Management
16:20 – 16:40       Importance of partner choice in zoo animal populations: case study with Waldrapp ibis
                             Thomas Remmits, Dr. Mirte Bosse & Dr. Sjouke Kingma | Wageningen University & Research

16:40 – 17:00       Haplotyping of ancient lynx materials in the Netherlands
                             Dr. Ivo Horn, Dr. Chiara Cavallo, Irene Chan & Marcel Eurlings | University of Applied
                             Sciences Leiden

17:00 – 17:30       The Iranian Cheetah Society
                             Simone Eckhardt | Stichting SPOTS

17:30                    Network reception