Monday 2nd May ICEBREAKER – Bob’s Bar – Rooftop Print Hall, Perth
6pm – 9pm Drinks, light snacks, meet and greet
DAY 1: Tuesday 3rd May – Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
8.15am Registration; coffee available in the lobby
9.00am Welcome: CEO Perth Zoo and President WAZA – Susan Hunt PSM
9.10am Indigenous Welcome – Dr Richard Walley (tbc)
9.20am To be confirmed
9.30am Welcome from the President of the Zoo and Aquarium Association – Mr Kevin Tanner
9.45am Keynotes: Griffin Longley, Nature Play
Gregory Andrews, Threatened Species Commissioner
10.15 – 10.45am Morning tea (sponsored by Jet Pets)
10-45am – 12.45pm Session 1: Conservation
Plenary Theme: Leading the Way in Conservation in the 21st Century
10.45 – 11.00am Rick Barongi: immediate past Director of Houston Zoo and co-editor of the new strategy Committing to Conservation (2015), will outline the core recommendations of this important new work.
11.00 – 11.12 How will zoos and aquaria provide leadership in 21st century conservation? – C Kerr
11.12 – 11.24 Benchmarking Auckland Zoo’s Field conservation – I Fraser et al
11.24 – 11.36 Zoo-based education – making a difference? – R Lowry
11.36 – 11.48 Evaluating outcomes of field conservation programs – M Van Sluys et al
11.48 – 12.00 Global Partnerships for Conservation: Tasmanian Devils and the Toledo Zoo – J Sailer
12.00 – 12.12 Port Moresby Nature Park – From Zero to Hero? Making a conservation impact in the land of the unexpected. – M McGeorge (PNG)
12.12 – 12.24 Wildlife Crime: Commercial captive breeding facilitates laundering of wild-caught animals – C Shepherd et al
12.30 – 1.30pm Lunch
3.30pm Session 2: Conservation (continued)
1.30 – 1.42 5 years of Orangutan Reintroduction – P Pratje
1.42 – 1.54 Perth Zoo’s Conservation Partnership with Sumatra – M Finnigan
1.54 – 2.06 Taronga Western Plains Zoo – The strive to create a great business to support the business of conservation – M Fuller
2.06 – 2.18 Developing a Conservation College for New Zealand – K Buley et al
2.18 – 2.30 CITES: Australia’s participation and the role of zoos – R Ollerenshaw
2.30 – 2.42 Rotoroa Island Project – integrated conservation on a small island – C Gibson et al
2.42 – 2.54 Re-introductions into islands of remnant habitat – P Mawson et al
2.54 – 3.06 Conserving the Critically Endangered Northern White Cheeked Gibbon and Saola in Vietnam – H Thompson
3.15 – 3.45pm Afternoon Tea
3.45 – 5.30 Session 3: Conservation (continued)
Panel and Plenary Discussion: The Emerging Big Issues
Panel members: Esther Conway, 21st Century Tiger; Myfanwy Griffith, EAZA; Craig Thorburn, Merlin Group; Kris Vehrs, AZA, Karen Fifield, Wellington Zoo.
As we go from strength to strength in our conservation work, what are the emerging issues and trends for zoos and aquariums? Can we work more effectively for conservation if we work collectively? Do we need to look at our practices and operations with fresh eyes? In this session, speakers from around the world will explore some of the key issues facing us as we manage our organisations into the future.
6.00 – 10.00pm OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Fremantle Jail Tour and Fisherman’s’ Warf Dinner (transport provided in cost).
10.00pm Buses return to City Hotels
Day 2: Wednesday 4th MAY – Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
8.30 – 9.00am Coffee in the Lobby
9.00am – 10.00am Session 4: Communications
Theme: Doing Business in a Digitally Connected World
Panel of Media Managers: Lisa Keen – Taronga Conservation Society Australia, Danielle Henry – Perth Zoo and Jackie O’Brien – Zoos Victoria.
Panel discussion and interactive session with questions from the floor.
Changes in digital and social media have created a true 24 hour news cycle that operates locally, nationally and globally. Our audience has expanded from the local suburban newspaper to global news services, Facebook communities to professional lobbyists, anti-zoo campaigners to Instagram followers. There is an expectation and a requirement that we remain engaged and accountable, literate and compelling across all of our communications. Our connections, be they via traditional media contacts or social media fans have never been more important.
Presented by Media and Communications Managers from Zoos Victoria, Taronga Zoo and Perth Zoo this presentation will outline recent case studies in managing the message, business and reputational risk in modern zoos and aquariums, and outline market research trends which could affect business practices and communications strategies.
10.00 – 10.30am Morning tea
10.30am – 12.30pm Session 5: Communications (continued)
Theme: Communicating Conservation and the Business of Zoos
10.30 – 10.42 A View of the Zoo: AZA Community Research Findings – Kris Vehrs
10.42 – 10.54 Stakeholder engagement and communication planning for Zoos SA Master Plan – E Benstead
10.54 – 11.06 New Zoo Model Spells Success – Healesville – G Holland
11.06 – 11.18 Meet the Locals He Tuku Aroha at Wellington Zoo – K Fifield et al
11.18 – 11.30 Mother Nature’s Fury: Communications during natural disasters – L Anderson et al
11.30 – 11.42 Elephant Anjalee’s journey – K Orgias et al
11.42 – 11.54 Lend your eyes to the wild: a global campaign to disrupt illegal wildlife crime – B Fairbrother et al
11.54 – 12.06 Selling ‘slow’ research to a rapid digital media world – D Henry et al
12.06 – 12.18 Youth at the Zoo – a new model for education – K Staker
12.30pm Buses leave for Perth Zoo from the Convention Centre.
1.00 – 2.00pm Lunch at the Homestead at Perth Zoo.
2.00 – 5.00pm Optional Zoo Tours and discussion sessions:
Delegates will have the opportunity to take up to two Behind the Scenes Tours at Perth Zoo. See the Orangutan exhibit from the inside, tour the Bushwalk while the Tasmanian Devils are fed, check out the Vet Department facilities, tour the Zoo’s Western Swamp Tortoise breeding facility or select from a number of other options.
5.00pm – 9.30pm Drinks and dinner in the Marquee at Perth Zoo. ZAA Awards.
9.30 pm Buses return to City Hotels
Day 3: Thursday 5th May – Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
8.30 – 9.00am Coffee in the Lobby
9.00am – 10.00am ZAA President / Executive Directors Reports and Annual General Meeting
10.00 – 10:30am Morning tea – silent auction closes at end of morning tea.
10.30am – 12.30pm Session 6: Animal Care
Theme: Professional animal management and care
10.30am – 10.45am Susan Hunt, WAZA President: What is the WAZA Animal Welfare Strategy Caring for Wildlife?
‘Caring for Wildlife’ is a global animal welfare strategy. What are its core elements; can we learn from it; and does it make a difference to the way we do business?
10:45 – 11:18 ZAA Office on welfare accreditation: The 5 Domains and ZAA welfare accreditation – where to in 2017?
11.18 – 11.30 An Integrated Approach to Collection Management – K Buley
11.30 – 11.42 Science and innovation to create positive animal welfare – S Sherwen
11.42 – 11.54 Keep your seeker seeking: Strategies for involving animals in their own welfare outcomes – N Bishop et al
11.54 – 12.06 Cross modal recognition of familiar humans by Perth Zoo’s Asian Elephants – E Polla et al
12.06 – 12.18 A new type of Wombat Enclosure for Moonlit Sanctuary – M Johnson et al
12.30 – 1.30pm Lunch and Posters (Presenters on hand to talk) (silent auction results announced)
1.30pm- 2.45pm Session 7: Animal Care (continued)
1.30 – 1.42 The Role of Zoos and Aquaria in Assurance Population Management – J Werth
1.42 – 1.54 Conservation Centres for Species Survival (C2S2) and Australia – N. Boyle
1.54 – 2.06 African Painted Dog ASMP Challenges – S Dentrinos et al
2.06 – 2.18 The use of assisted reproductive technologies in breeding programs for elasmobranchs in aquaria – J Daly et al
2.18 – 2.30 Egg cross-fostering: A way forward for a viable future? – N Longhi
2.30 – 2.42 Beyond Animal Welfare – E Walraven
2.45 – 3.15pm Afternoon Tea
3.15pm- 4.30pm Session 8: Animal Care (continued)
3.15 – 3.27 Visual monitoring by captive Western Gorillas: implications for captive animal welfare – N Coutts
3.27 – 3.39 Assessing quality of life in senescent animals – Taronga’s Aged Animal Assessment Tool – N. Boyle
3.39 – 3.51 Black Cockatoo Conservation in WA: A collaborative approach from Rehabilitation to Release – P Moore
3.51 – 4.03 Challenges of saving the Critically Endangered Western Ground Parrot – M Ricci et al
4.03 – 4.30 ZAA President Summary of the Conference and Goodbye
6.30 – 9.30pm Optional Activity – Small Bars of Perth Tour