Hosted by Zoomarine, Portugal (27 September - 1 October, 2022)

The EAZA Annual Conference is the biggest annual gathering of the European zoo and aquarium community, bringing more than 600 delegates together for four days of meetings, presentations, discussions and networking opportunities. The event is primarily aimed at EAZA members, with most of EAZA's TAGs and committees holding meetings alongside a variety of special workshops. Plenary sessions bring all conference delegates together to focus on topics of broad interest to the community.

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Dear EAZA Colleagues, Dear Friends,

If there are important lessons that these last two surreal years have reminded us of, is the importance of sound solidarity, modern science, factual communication, structured work, balanced socialization, and overall trust. And the common denominator is… “us”. Us, as a team and as a planet. Us, as a society and as a family.

And as a species that is constantly being challenged and creating challenges to so many others species, these current delicate times reinforce, on a daily basis, the need and urgency of being together and working together, of uniting towards values and towards goals, of protecting our common ground and common our future – all around.

In the meantime, for many years that “Together, We Protect” had been a very special moto for Zoomarine. It can also be for EAZA, for Europe, for Conservation. And that is why our teams, our families, in southern Portugal, are so eager and proud to invite you to attend EAZA’s 2022 Annual Conference, at the NAU Salgados Palace (Algarve).

Zoomarine’s team (an EAZA member since 1999) is not only eager to welcome you to Portugal, but to show you a good time, to help you reestablish some long-deserved normality, to embrace old and new friends, and, of course, to discover a little more of the Portuguese Culture, Environment and Landscapes.

As Zoomarine ends the celebration of its 30th anniversary, EAZA begins to celebrates its own 30th anniversary - and we could not be happier to know it will also happen in Portugal, at Zoomarine, again face-to-face with good colleagues and friends.

I sincerely hope to be able to welcome you all in Portugal, at Salgados and at Zoomarine – because your work is important and our continued cooperation is vital, because we need it, conservation needs it, Europe needs it…

In the meantime, please, continue to be safe, to protect yourself and those around you! Continue your amazing, urgent and inspiring work towards a safer, more biodiverse and balanced planet. Please, continue to embrace and protect your loved ones. And, of course, prepare yourself to have a memorable time in Portugal.

With open arms, we will wait for you all, next September.

Your Colleague, your Friend,

Pedro Lavia, Founder and President of the Board


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Conference app

With the EAZA Annual Conference fast approaching, Zoomarine is making some extra efforts towards turning this meeting even more green and sustainable. As such, the EAZA Annual Conference 2022 already has a fully dedicated web app(lication), where all attendees will have FREE, EASY, FAST and DETAILED access to all the information one may need:

  • the conference programme (always on your smartphone, iPad, et cetera)
  • direct contacts of the members of the Organizing Committee
  • emergency contacts
  • list of all the attendees (and their contacts, if one so desires)
  • list of all the exhibitors (and their contacts)
  • interactive maps of all relevant locations
  • an online forum (for all those “house-keeping” messages…)

Make sure to register yourself and access the app. Please follow this link and enter the email address that you have used during registration: https://zoomarine.lineupr.com/eaza2022 

If you are unsuccessful in connecting with the app please send a message to memorable.eaza@zoomarine.pt

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A new version of the day-to-day programme (September 2022) is now available, please click here for viewing

Please note that the programme is subject to change. Programme changes and revisions will be added to the conference app.

The Conference programme booklet is already available, click here for download. Printed copies will be shared with registered delegates at the registration desk. 

Keynote speaker

Our keynote speaker for the Opening Plenary on Wednesday 28 September is Edith Coron

Edith is a senior executive coach and intercultural communication specialist. She brings to her work the scope and depth of more than thirty years of an exceptional global professional career, spanning four continents and stretching from her early years as a war correspondent in Central America to her certification as the first qualified coach supervisor in mainland China.

A public speaker and an author, she has published books on the immigration from the former Soviet Union to Israel, about the cultural hybrids that stemmed from China’s encounter with the world at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st and more recently about the impact of digital technologies,  in particular Artificial Intelligence, are having on coaching.

Edith places her work  at the crossroads of business, people and organizational development.  She grounds her approach in the belief that individuals and groups are rich kaleidoscopes and that they operate in escalating complexity.  She supports them as they address it.

Her clients range from seasoned CEO’s to young, high-potential managers. She has worked with clients in many sectors, including aeronautics, banking, consumer goods, consulting, distribution, energy, hospitality, insurance, IT, manufacturing, media, luxury goods, pharmaceuticals, and international organizations.

She is a faculty member of several executive education programs and offers a unique blend of expertise in people development, international business, and word cultures. She has a passion for global leadership development and an insider’s knowledge of international communication.

A global nomad by choice, Edith has lived and worked in China, the UK, the US, Israel, France, Russia, and in several nations of Latin America and Africa. She  is now based in France  and works with people all the over the world.


Edith Coron

Posters (Closed)

Accepted posters on display at the EAZA Annual Conference 2022: 

  Title Author Institution
1.  Small animals in big trouble: Sulawesi freshwater endemics Markéta Rejlková Ostrava Zoo, Czech Republic


How can we ensure that wildlife is only traded and used legally, sustainably and ethically?

Cécile Erny AFdPZ, France
3. How empowering the public outside zoos to appreciate and understand biodiversity in order to involve them in its preservation?  Cécile Erny AFdPZ, France 
4. Dutch conservation detection dogs sniffing out the gender of Pygmy hippopotami  Mariska Snelleman & Monique C.J. Paris Institute for Breeding Rare and Endangered African Mammals (IBREAM), the Netherlands 


Visual barriers reduce pacing in captive tigers

Rick Meulendijks, Michou Weimar, Jeroen Kappelhof & Filipe C. R. Cunha  Royal Rotterdam Zoological & Botanical Gardens, the Netherlands


Using multi-faceted science for sex-determination in the Pygmy Hippopotamus
(Choeropsis liberiensis)

Estefania Erazo-Mera, Paul Horwood, Nicholas Murray, Damien Paris & Monique Paris  Institute for Breeding Rare and Endangered African Mammals (IBREAM), the Netherlands  


Further behavioural parameters support reciprocity and milk theft as explanations for giraffe allonursing

Markéta Gloneková, Karolína Brandlová & Jan Pluháček  Jan Evangelista Purkyně University & Ústí nad Labem Zoo, Czech Republic 


 Shake it off: releasing anxiety in a cooperative carnivore species (Suricata suricatta)

Francesca Bandoli, Sara Soldati, Veronica Maglieri & Elisabetta Palagi

Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia, Italy


The first Egyptian Vulture tracking in the Eskişehir region

Emrah Coban, Nurben Fatma Kopteki̇n & Mehmet Gğur Altuncu Eskişehir Zoo, Turkey


Calvin Klein perfumes and big cats: effect of olfactory stimuli on the behaviour of the Northern lynx (Lynx lynx lynx) at the Riga Zoo Anastasija Volkova, Alessandro Di Marzio, Rūta Rozenfelde & Rebeka Šķērstiņa Riga Zoo University of Latvia, Latvia 


Behaviour of the Mishmi takin (Budorcas taxicolor taxicolor) in EAZA Zoos Elza Anna Pole, Alessandro Di Marzio, Rūta Rozenfelde & Rebeka Šķērstiņa Riga Zoo University of Latvia, Latvia 


Can a one square meter of a zoos help the conservation of native wild habitats? Rebeka Šķērstiņa, Alessandro Di Marzio, Kintija Rudaka & Rasa Strūģe Riga Zoo, Latvia


The UIZA research working group: Supporting and facilitating research in Italian zoos and aquaria Francesca Bandoli, Giulia Agnolon & Gloria Svampa
Unione Italiana Zoo e Acquari - UIZA, Italy


The animal-visitor interaction protocol (AVIP) for the assessment of Lemur catta walk-in enclosure in zoos Ilaria Pollastri, Simona Normando, Daniela Florio, Linda Ferrante, Francesca Bandoli, Elisabetta Macchi, Alessia Muzzo & Barbara de Mori Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia, Italy


 All’s Well that Ends Swell! Utilising ZIMS to Track Reproductive Cycles in Primates Hannah Jenkins & Teague Stubbington Zoological Society of London, United Kingdom & Species360, USA


Diurnal and nocturnal behaviour of cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) and lions (Panthera leo) in zoos Isabel Seyrling, Paul W. Dierkes & Anna Lena Burger  Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany 


Behavioural and acoustic communication of captive pygmy hippo (Choeropsis liberiensis): a case of study


Rosaria Santoro, Elena Mercugliano, Alessandro Sofio, Sara Natalucci, Flavia Diotallevi, Giulia Buffi, Lorella Pagliarulo, Francesco Zinno, Yitzhak Yadid, Massimiliano Di Giovanni & Michele Capasso


Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom


Common name misuse potentially confounds the conservation of the critically endangered wild camel Camelus ferus Anna M. Jemmett, Jim J. Groombridge, John Hare, Adiya Yadamsuren, Pamela A. Burger & John G. Ewen  Wild Camel Protection Foundation (WCPF), United Kingdom 


Help for EEP coordinators Kristin Leus, Rebecca Biddle, Leah Williams & Elmar Fienieg Copenhagen Zoo, Twycross Zoo & Chester Zoo, United Kingdom 


Assisted reproduction of Malaysian giant turtle (Orlitia borneensis) in Gdansk Zoo Daria Zwierzchowska & Beata Kuźniar  Zoo Gdansk, Poland 


The Ape Heart Project: Updates and future work

 Rachel Jarvis, Sophie Moittié, Phillipa Dobbs, Melissa Grant, Matyas Liptovszky & Kerstin Baiker
University of Nottingham & Twycross Zoo, United Kingdom 


Conservation efforts for the recovery of the European polecat (Mustela putorius) in Catalonia (NW Iberian Peninsula)   Salvador S., Palazón S., Ruiz-Olmo J., Xarles J., Sánchez D., Mauri J., Hernández J., & Alonso JM. 

Zoo de Barcelona, Spain



Successful cases of One Plan Approach programmes for endangered reptiles and amphibians at Barcelona Zoo    Alonso JM., Sanmartín M., Hernández J., Cermeño P., Xarles J., & Mauri J.

Zoo de Barcelona, Spain



Efforts for the conservation of the last remaining North-western Mediterranean populations of fan mussel (Pinna nobilis Cermeño P., Alonso JM., Xarles J. & Prado P.  Zoo de Barcelona, Spain


Mind your Microbes – What fecal bacteria reveal about different animal species  Franziska Zölzer, Dr. Anna Lena Burger & Prof. Paul W. Dierkes 

Opel-Zoo Foundation & Goethe University, Germany


A new bamboo “house” for the Hapalemur griseus in Maromizaha forest, Madagascar Caterina Spiezio, Valeria Torti, Marco Gamba, Cesare Avesani Zaborra, Rose Marie Randrianarison, Jonah Ratsimbazafy, Rabarison Harison & Cristina Giacoma Parco Natura Viva, Italy 


The summer school of the Erasmus+ project ‘International zoo conservation & management’


Caterina Spiezio, Stefano Vaglio, Margherita Savonitto, Pier Attilio Accorsi, Emilie Chevalier,
Lisa Gillespie, Elizabeth Fleetham, Endre Sós, Derek Grove, Egle Barone Visigalli, Federico Nogara, Cesare Avesani Zaborra & Christopher Young

Parco Natura Viva, Italy 


Investigation of Red panda amdoparvovirus infection in European zoos

U. Kuhar, E. Sos, J. Mede, M. Kastelic, M. Harej, C.E. Alex, U. Jamnikar Ciglenečki, T. Oldrich & P. Kvapil  Ljubljana Zoo, Slovenia 
29. Applying Zoo Best Practices to Community-Led In-situ Conservation in DR Congo  Laurie G. Cummins, Katie Fawcett, Jackson Kabuyaya Mbeke & Tommi Wolfe Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center, Democratic Republic of Congo 
30. Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) personality: individuality and preferences in two male brothers Giovanni Quintavalle Pastorino, Yitzhak Yadid, Daniele Pintus, Massimiliano Di Giovanni, Jessica Degioanni, Sarah Toscano, Alice Cavalleri & Anita Hasmi Bioparco di Roma, Italy 
31. Ex-situ conservation of Leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) in Taiwan Shao-Yi Weng, Yu-Hsiu Lin, Hsiao-wei Kuo, Szu-Lung Chen & Jane Yu Taipei Zoo & Endemic Species Research Institute, Taiwan 
32. Amelioration of alopecia associated with stereotypic behaviours by enrichment of diet diversity and environment in a captive Sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) Jocy Yu-Wen Li, Yi-Ting Chen & Eve I-Ming Wang  Taipei Zoo, Taiwan
33. The Kimboza-Forest-Gecko-Project Heike Maisch Thüringer Zoopark Erfurt, Germany 
34. Adult sex ratio in tetrapods:  is it related to the sex-determination systems?   B. Kocsis, I. Pipoly, N. Fresneau, T. Székely, F. Colchero, D. A. Conde & A. Liker  University of Pannonia, Hungary 
35. Danish zookeeper students - using ZIMS to monitor rainbow lorikeets in EAZA institutions  Jeanette Hedeager & Torben Rafn  Roskilde Technical VET College, Denmark 


Animal Training Working Group – 5 Year Action  Luke Harding, Annette Gunn, Annette Pedersen & Jim Mackie  Zoological Society of London, United Kingdom, Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark & Species360, USA 


Understanding the ecology of the Mindoro warty pig (Sus oliveri John Carlo Redeña-Santos, Nikki Henderson A. Dagamac, Emmanuel Schütz, Anna Pauline O. de Guia & Fernando García Gil University Santo Tomas, D'ABOVILLE Foundation & Demo Farm Inc, Philippines 


The transition from the female-like great calls to male calls during ontogeny in southern yellow-cheeked gibbon males (Nomascus gabriellae)

Michal Hradeca, Gudrun Illmanna, Petra Bolechováa & Luděk Bartoša ZOO Liberec, Czech Republic


Feeding ecology in a multi-ungulate sytem using a DNA tool to detect prey from predator scats                             

Di Bernardi Cecilia, Lina Jelk, Camilla Wikenros, Paolo Ciucci, Luigi Boitani, Håkan Sand & Mikael Åkesson

Jarvzoo, Sweden 


Double trouble: factors underlying increased twinning in captive Eulemur coronatus

Luca Morino, Cecile Garcia, Guillaume Martinez, Charlotte Desbois & Brice Lefaux Mulhouse zoo -MNHN, France 


Joining forces in pig and peccary conservation: European zoos follow the IUCN ‘One Plan Approach’ Johanna Rode-Margono, Merel Zimmermann, Kristin Leus, Lidia Przybylska, Maren Siebert, Will Walker, Ross Snipp, Bengt Holst, Harald Beck, Jan Pluháček & Jörg Beckmann 

Tapir and Suiform Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) & IUCN SSC SGs, Germany



InSOStenibile per la Natura. How Wildlife Exploitation Endangers Us and the Planet

 Tommy Sandri, Federica Avesani Zaborra, Katia Dell’Aira, Marta Tezza & Cesare Avesani Zaborra


 Fondazione A.R.C.A., ltaly


The exhibition and sponsorship brochure has been distributed to EAZA Corporate Members. If you are interested in exhibition at the EAZA Annual Conference 2022 please send an e-mail to dalila.frasson@eaza.net

AC22 brochure