Thank you!

The EAZA Conservation Forum 2018 saw three days of great presentations, discussions and networking. Overall it was attended by 158 participants from 33 countries. The standard of food and drinks at the icebreaker, the lunches and the gala dinner was of exceptional quality and was very much appreciated by the delegates. The live music as well as the entertainment during the social events, from stand-up comedy to an interactive photo-box and from guided city tours to yoga-classes, made the experience even better!  Printed materials and branding such as the conference programme booklet and the signage at the venue was cleverly designed in an appealing and communicatively strong style.  The live recordings of the talks was well-received, until now the recordings of the presentations have been viewed more than 13,500 times. From the beginning to the end the process of live recording was done in a professional and dedicated way. In sum, the EAZA Conservation Forum 2018 has been a huge success, this benchmarking event will be reminisced as a well-organized, informative and enjoyable conference in Tallinn, Estonia and will surely set the example for future events. Many thanks to our host Tallinn Zoo, all the other partners and to the participants for making this meeting a success!

 You can wach the live recordings of all presentations on the EAZA YouTube Channel:

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Keynote speakers

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Jörg Freyhof

- Coordinator IUCN SSC Freshwater fish Red List Authority
- Chair for North Africa, Europe and the Middle East IUCN SSC/WI Freshwater Fish Specialist Group

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Riinu Rannap

- Research Fellow in Conservation Biology at University of Tartu, Estonia
- Habitat management and restoration of threatened amphibians in Estonia and Northern Europe

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Paul Jepson

- Member supervisory board Rewilding Europe
- Course Director MSc Biodiversity, Conservation & Management & Senior Research Fellow, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford

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Jorge Rodríguez Romero

- Deputy Head of Unit - Multilateral Environmental Cooperation at European Commission - DG Environment
- EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking


In the table below you will find an overview of the accepted posters on display during the upcoming EAZA Conservation Forum 2018.  For questions about posters, please contact

No Poster title Author(s) Organisation
1 Main directions of Kyiv zoo research strategy Maryna Shkvyria, Yegor Yakovlev, Kirill Trantin Kyiv zoological park (Ukraine)
2 A new home for the specialized Bamboo lemurs: The Volohasy Project in Maromizaha Cesare Avesani Zaborra1, Caterina Spiezio1, Marco Gamba2, Valeria Torti2, Jonah Ratsimbazafy3, Rose Marie Randrianarison3, Cristina Giacoma2 1 Parco Natura Viva – Garda Zoological Parks (Italy)

2 Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, University of Torino (Italy) 3 Group d’Étude et de Recherche sur les Primates de Madagascar (GERP), (Madagascar)

The role of long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis fascicularis) in Baluran National Park, Java, Indonesia Malene Friis Hansen1,2, Ventie Angelia Nawangsari1, Signe Ellegaard2, Maria Morild Moeller2, Mikkel Stelvig1, Carl Traeholt1, Torben Dabelsteen2 1 Copenhagen Zoo (Denmark)

2 Behavioural Ecology Group, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

Protecting a local population of the European Green lizard at Prague zoo   Ivan Rehak  Zoo Prague (Czech Republic)
How connecting children from different countries around the protection of the greater bamboo lemur contributes to improve the education of Madagascan children  Delphine Roullet  Helpsimus (France)
Zookeepers - an undervalued conservation communication resource? Laura Myers1 and Lina Andriuskaite2 1 EAZA Executive Office (The Netherlands)
2 Lietuvos Zoologijos Sodas (Lithuania)
Primates and agroforestry: assessing the presence of lemurs in cacao and vanilla plantations in northern Madagascar Amanda Webber, Sam Cotton and Grainne McCabe Bristol Zoological Society (United Kingdom)
8 Learn and connect locally to be able to act globally Davorka Maljković and Andrea Bračko Zoological garden of Zagreb (Croatia)
9 Supporting in-situ conservation projects Koen Cuyten Bears in Mind (The Netherlands)
10 Working together to conserve the White-bellied Heron Gemma Goodman 1, Catherine King2, Anton Vaidl3 and Roman Horska/Marketa Horska4  1. Synchronicity Earth (United Kingdom); IUCN SSC White-bellied Heron Working Group 2 EAZA Ciconiiformes and Phoenicopteriformes Taxon Advisory Group 3Prague Zoo (Czech Republic) 4 Zlin Zoo (Czech Republic)
11 The illegal trade of wild long tailed macaques, fraudulently laundered as “captive bred”, into the live specimen supply chain.  Mike Gill and Vincent Nijman  Oxford Wildlife Trade Research Group, Oxford Brookes University (United Kingdom)
12 African penguins turn the zoo inside out: promoting conservation through animal care Francesca Bandoli1, Enea Silvio Rabazzi2, Elena Fumagalli3, Veronica Carretta4, Eleonora Angelini1  1 Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia Srl (Italy), 2 Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy), 3 Università degli Studi di Torino (Italy), 4 Università degli Studi di Parma (Italy)
13 “Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?” Katia Dell’Aira, Marta Tezza, Cristina Belloni, Elisa Bertoncelli Parco Natura Viva – Garda Zoological Park (Italy)
14 Promoting local biodiversity and human livelihoods by implementing a One Conservation framework through a gorilla conservation NGO in Gabon, central Africa    Nicholas Bachand Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Project (Gabon)
15 Bearcat Study Program at Palawan Island Pauline Kayser Arctictis Binturong Conservation – ABConservation (France)
16 International Congress of Zookeepers supporting keepers doing conservation work Raúl Cabrera Barcelona Zoo/ International Congress of Zookeepers (Spain)
17 Conservation through sustainable development Natalia Casado Bolanos   Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary (Sierra Leone)
18 Hunters as Conservationists: Engaging with Hunting Associations in North Morocco. Lucy Radford1,2, Sian Waters1,2 and Ahmed El Harrad1,2 1Association for Moroccan Wildlife Conservation (Morocco)
2Barbary Macaque Awareness and Conservation (UK and Morocco)
19 The great bear rescue campaign in Armenia Vicky Mkrtchyan Yerevan Zoo (Armenia)
20 Supporting invertebrate conservation in Scotland Gill Murray-Dickson, Ben Harrower, Helen Senn Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (United Kingdom)
21 Developing interdisciplinary approaches to saving the Sulawesi crested black macaque (Macaca nigra) Harry Hilser 1,2 and Andrew E. Bowkett3

1 Selamatkan Yaki Foundation (Indonesia)2 University of Exeter (United Kingdom)3 Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, Paignton Zoo (United Kingdom)

22 Help us plant biodiversity corridors to save golden lion tamarins from extinction! Luis Paulo Ferraz1, Carlos Alvarenga Junior1 and James M. Dietz 1,2

1 Associacao Mico-Leao-Dourado (Brazil)2 Save the Golden Lion Tamarin (United States)

23 Into the Heart of Borneo: Exploring Sarawak’s Last Frontier Boyd Simpson1, Carl Traeholt1 and Ahmad Ampeng2   1 Copenhagen Zoo (Denmark) (Southeast Asia Conservation Programme) 2 Sarawak Forest Department (Malaysia)
24 Island restoration and reintroduction Hywel Glyn Young  Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (United Kingdom)
25 Reaching beyond the objectives of a dorcas gazelle reintroduction project     Hugo Fernández-Bellon1, Conrad Enseñat1, Mar Cano2†, Teresa Abáigar2    

1 Parc Zoològic de Barcelona (Spain) 2 Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas, CSIC (Spain)

26 Zoo’s role in the WildForestReindeer (LIFE) Hanna-Maija Lahtinen Helsinki Zoo (Finland)
27 Communities Conserving Red Pandas in Eastern Nepal Damber Bista and Angela Glatston Red Panda Network (Nepal)
28 Sifaka Conservation Programme in Madagascar: From reintroduction to habitat restoration Josia Razafindramanana1, Herisitraka Ratsaralaza1, Rado Rakotondrabe1, Delphine Roullet2 1 Sifaka Conservation, Impact Madagascar (Madagascar), 2 Helpsimus (France)
29 Conservation of the Pallas’s Cat - research, capacity building and strategic planning Emma Nygren and David Barclay Nordens Ark (Sweden), Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (United Kingdom)
30 Brown bear conservation and research program in a model area in Romania Csaba Domokos Milvus Group - Bird and Nature Protection Association (Romania)

Maximizing the conservation value of zoo populations: assessing the alignment of breeding programs with global species prioritization schemes

Jeanette Hedeager 1,2, A. Rita Silva 1, 2, Kim Simonsen3, & Dalia A. Conde 1, 2 1 Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark (Denmark), 2 Species360 (Denmark), 3 Givskud Zoo (Denmark)
32 Ethics and inclusive conservation: a bottom-up approach to promoting conservation for Testudines in Italy Linda Ferrante1, Simona Normando1, Daniela Florio2, Barbara de Mori1

1 Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, University of Padova (Italy) 2 Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna (Italy)

33 ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo supports the reintroduction of the Polynesian tree snails C WillardC Vermeulen1 , P Pearce-Kelly2, T Coote 3

1ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo (The Netherlands) 2Invertebrates and Research Department, Zoological Society of London (United Kingdom) 3Partulid Global Species Management Programme (PGSMP) (Tahiti)

34 Big cats in the International Trade -  assessing the role of zoos and aquariums Cecilie Hee Frederiksen1, Johanna Staerk1,2, A. Rita Silva 1,2, Lionel Jouvet1,2, Chris Shepherd and Dalia A. Conde1,2 1 University of Southern Denmark (Denmark), 2 Species 360 (Denmark)
35 Saving the last known stronghold of the Noble chafer in Denmark Eddie Bach Copenhagen Zoo (Denmark)
36 Reintroduction of natterjack toads in Denmark Lene Rasmussen Copenhagen Zoo (Denmark)
37 Fundraising for species protection by volunteers at Tallinn Zoo Leana Jalukse, Tiit Maran, Signe Kalgan Tallinn Zoo (Estonia)