Hosted by WILDLANDS Adventure Zoo Emmen (19-23 September, 2017), The Netherlands

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On behalf of all WILDLANDS Adventure Zoo Emmen staff you are welcomed to Wildlands and the brand new Atlas Theatre, the venue for the EAZA Annual Conference 2017 situated at the entrance of the zoo.

Emmen is a large town of around 100.000 inhabitants in the Northeastern province of Drenthe, with WILDLANDS Adventure Zoo located right at its heart, within easy reach of shops and restaurants. The town is surrounded by nature and features many old villages and other familiar sights of the Netherlands. Hotels and holiday homes are available in Emmen and/or in the direct surroundings of Emmen. Emmen is regarded the gem of south-east Drenthe, the city of woods, heathlands, peat, oil exploration and production, innovative companies and industry, shopping, recreation and ‘natural living’. The city’s structure is much praised for the fact that it is so open and green. Urban development is geared towards preserving all aspects of this precious asset. Emmen is also known as the city of butterflies, a direct reference to the tropical butterfly garden at the zoo. 

WILDLANDS is a completely new Adventure Zoo which opened at the end of March 2016 after 2,5 years of construction work and the transfer of the animals from the old Emmen City Zoo. The new zoo occupies 22 hectares and is fully themed to tell the stories of four different biomes from the polar regions to the equatorial jungle. WILDLANDS is a carbon neutral facility which combines sustainability with high levels of animal welfare and naturalistic enclosure design to provide a modern adventure into the heart of the natural world.

We look forward to welcoming you to WILDLANDS Adventure Zoo and the Atlas Theatre in September 2017.

Please visit the EAZA 2017 Annual Conference website by clicking here



Early Bird offer ends on 1 June 2017 – book early to avail of the discounted offer. Please note registration for the EAZA Annual Conference 2017 is open to EAZA members only. If you are not employed by an EAZA Member but would like to attend the conference, please supply a letter of reference from an EAZA Full Member institution to mirko.marseille@eaza.net prior to registration.

Registration fees Before 1 June 2017 After 1 June 2017
Full Conference Registration €510 €610
Single Day Registration €235 €320

All registration fees are subject to 21% VAT – normal VAT rules apply to recovery of any VAT incurred.

The full conference registration fee includes access to the following:

  • All conference session
  • Icebreaker Welcome Reception
  • All poster sessions
  • Lunch and refreshment breaks
  • Exhibition Area
  • Visit to WILDLANDS

If you do not wish to attend the full conference, you can select a day registration.

The single day registration fee includes access to the following, on the selected day:

  • All conference sessions
  • All poster sessions
  • Lunch and refreshment breaks
  • Exhibition Area
  • Social event on the selected registration day, with the exception of the gala dinner due to limited venue capacity





Conference delegates and other EAZA Members are once again invited to display relevant posters at the Annual Conference (with a maximum of 3 posters per member institution).

Please submit your proposal, including the title, author affiliations and abstract (max. 100 words) to mirko.marseille@eaza.net. You can also, if already available, submit the actual poster (as a PDF). All submissions will be reviewed and, if accepted, you will be contacted for confirmation. After the conference the posters will be made available to the member community through the proceedings library on the EAZA Member Area. Posters that are accepted for display should be brought in person to Emmen, or alternatively sent with a delegate that is attending.

Posters should be designed to A2 - portrait (420mm wide by 594mm high); or A1 - portrait (594mm wide by 840mm high). Materials for hanging the posters will be available on site.

The poster submission round has been closed. New applications will no longer be considered. 

Accepted posters on display in Emmen:  

  Title Author(s) Affiliation
1 Helpsimus: outcomes from 8 years of greater bamboo lemur monitoring  Roullet, D. Helpsimus 
2 First 5-year review of the transponder project Roullet, D. Cotswold Wildlife Park
3 Sand crack in a giraffe and its treatment Van Zijll Langhout M., Hooijer A., Verstappen F., Wolters M., Holzhauer M. Artis
4 Influencing the frequency of regurgitation and reingestion by diet changes in Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) Johansen, K., Åsberg, A., Jansen, R. Furuvik Zoo 
5 European Professional Zookeeper Qualification Framework Myers, L. & Hut, J.   EAZA Executive Office 
6 Evaluating gorilla silverbacks: relationship among cortisol, testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone levels detected in faeces Carbajal A., Martin M., Monclus L., Tallo-Parra O., Riba C., Abelló M.T., López-Bejar M.  Parc Zoològic de Barcelona
7 Considerations in Managing a Bachelor Herd of Grevy’s Zebra (Equus grevyi Oustalet, 1882) Matthews, B. & Whitbread, S. Chessington World of Adventures
8 Match or no match? A zoo-housed bachelor group of red pandas (Ailurus fulgens fulgens) De Feijter, L. & Prins, E.F.  GaiaZOO
9 Antelope, Giraffe, Hippo in the 21st century: Conservation action in Africa Brandlová, K., Mallon, D., Gloneková, M., Pluháček, J., Hejcmanová, P., Žáčková, M., Fedorova, T., Kubátová, A., Štochlová, K. Derbianus Conservation
10 Saving the Derby eland: Improving the conservation status of the last Western Derby elands in Senegal Hejcmanová, P., Brandlová, K., Grúňová, M., Gloneková, M., Fedorova, T., Žáčková, M., Kubátová, A., Štochlová, K. Derbianus Conservation
11 Successful comeback of African wild dogs to Dvůr Králové Zoo Linhart, G. & Hlávka, R.  ZOO Dvůr Králové
12 Dog Appeasing Pheromone prevents the testosterone surge, and may reduce contact-dominance and active-submission behaviours after interventions in captive African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) Van den Berghe, F., Paris, M.C.J., Sarnyai, Z., Millar, R.P., Ganswindt, A., Cozzi, A., Pageat, P., Paris, D.B.B.P. Institute for Breeding Rare and Endangered African Mammals
13 Successful cryopreservation of African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) spermatozoa: Towards developing the frozen zoo Van den Berghe, F., Paris, M.C.J., Sarnyai, S., Briggs,M.B., Farstad, W.K., Paris, D.B.B.P. Institute for Breeding Rare and Endangered African Mammals
14 The Bear Book, A very beary book written for children about the bear species of the world Petro, Z. Sosto Zoo 
15 Bear in mind:monitoring the welfare status of a pair of captive brown bears across seasons Luminelli, D., Santini, G., Bandoli, F. Zoo di Pistoa
16 Effects of enrichments on behaviour and stress hormones in two red pandas: a case study at Pistoia Zoo Bellinello, E., Mondo, E., Attilio Accorsi, P., Bandoli, F. Zoo di Pistoa
17 African lions at Pistoia Zoo: effect of enrichments on night-time behaviours Dori, P., Santini, G., Bandoli, F.  Zoo di Pistoa
18 Reproductive management: Are our animals fit for purpose? Cowl, V.B., Walker, S.L., Forsyth, S., Feltrer, Y. Chester Zoo 
19 WildForestReindeerLIFE –reintroduction of the original deer in Finland  Lahtinen, H. Helsinki Zoo
20 Using herbal medicine against vaginal infection and tumors in Asian elephant Garrigues, L. & Morrier, C.   Amiens Zoo
21 The Edwards's pheasant - Last chance Rahde, T. Zoologischer Garten Berlin
22 Reproductive Biology of the Female Pygmy Hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis) Flacke, G.L., Schwarzenberger, F., Penfold, L.M., Walker, S.L., Martin, G.B., Millar, R.P., Paris, M.C.J.  Institute for Breeding Rare and Endangered African Mammals
23 Let’s sing with the Amazona finschi Leroy, M., Ohannessian, L., Douay, G., Vaillant, X.  Zoo de Lyon
25 Let them make the choice! Improving the orang-utan EEP transfer and breeding success by developing a scientific tool to enable partner selection for captive orang-utans Bionda, T., Kret, M.E., Jens, W., Rietkerk, F. Apenheul Primate Park
26 Tracking amphibian pathogens using lateral-flow technology Dillon, M.J., Paris, J.R., Bowkett, A.E., Bungard, M.J., Harding, L., Beckmann, K.M., O’Brien, M.F., Cromie, R.L., Bates, K., Fisher, M.C., Stevens, J.R., Thornton, C.R.  Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
27 Evaluating the effect of changes to interpretation on visitors’ reported learning and experience in a zoo exhibit Litchfield, A., Newbolt, J., Warren, S. Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
28 The educational value of visitor feeding experiences at Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts Close, A. & Newbolt, J.  Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
29 A field method to identify individuals in a group of greater bamboo lemur André, M. & Roullet, D. Helpsimus 
30 Communicating Conservation: Strengthening the Public’s Trust in Zoos and Aquariums Ludlum, S., Kemper, J., Howard, E., Cober, B., Henry, J.  PGAV Destinations
31 Biodiversity of bird species in area of Košice Zoo Pastorek, P. & Kindl, J. Košice Zoo
32 Captive management of Sulawesi Bear Cuscus (Ailurops ursinus) in Batu Secret Zoo Kepler, C. & Lech, M. Batu Secret Zoo
33 European survey about Capuchin monkeys’ Management in EAZA zoos Souvignet, S. & Quintard, B.  Zoo Mulhouse
34 Harvest of Oocytes from Southern White Rhino Females in European Zoos Gives Hope for Survival of the Northern White Rhino Stejskal, J., Hildebrandt, T.B., Hermes, R., Göritz, F., Holtze, S., Galli, C., Lazzari, G., Seet, S.  ZOO Dvůr Králové
35 Central European Greylag Geese (Anser anser) Show a Shortening of Migration Distance and Earlier Spring Arrival Over 60 Years Podhrazsky, M., Musil, P., Msilova, Z., Zouhar, J., Adam, M., Zavora, J., Hude, K.  ZOO Dvůr Králové
36 Does Geochemistry Influence African Elephant Land Use? Sach, F., Yon, L., Langley-Evans, S., Watts, M. Zoological Society of London
37 Assessment of environmental enrichment on two Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) under human care Ziliene, R., Schneider, J.N., Delfour, F. Fox Zoo Consulting
38 How Does Castration Change Integration of Immature Males in Their Familial Group Network in Captive Western Lowland Gorilla? Letang, B., Rietkerk, F., Szánthó, J., Mulot, B., Britton, L., ter Meulen, T., Guéry, J.P., Sueur, C. La Vallée des singes
39 New concept of evaluation of education programs within Derby eland conservation in Senegal Grúňová, M., Hejcmanová1, P., Brandlová, K., Gloneková, M., Fedorova, T., Žáčková, M., Kubátová, A., Štochlová, K. Derbianus Conservation
40 EAZA Animal Welfare Working Group Farmer, H., Binding, S., Krusin, L. Paignton Zoo
41 The study of culicoides (diptera: ceratopogonidae) fauna in zoo garden in Košice Kočišová, A., Sarvašová, A., Pastorek, P. Košice Zoo
42 Prigen-Conservation Breeding-Center (PCBC) for Endangered Indonesian Songbirds EAZA Silent Forest Campaign EAZA Silent Forest Campaign
43 Green teen team – connecting young people involved in the conservation of biodiversity. Crisp, E., von Liechtenstein, T., Dell’Aira, K., Tezza, M., Avesani Zaborra, C. Parco Natura Viva
44 Safari park and animal welfare: lessons from watusi cattle in Parco Natura Viva Ottolini, G., Sandri, C., Martini, A., Normando, S., Magnone, W., Regaiolli, B., Spiezio, C. Parco Natura Viva
45 Chimpanzees, toys and welfare: helping hand-reared chimpanzees to cope with their troubled infancy Spiezio, C., Ottolini, G., Vandelle, C., Avesani Zaborra, C., Sandri, C., Regaiolli, B. Parco Natura Viva
46 Reintroduction program for Red-crowned and White-naped Crane in the Far East Suvorov P., Kuznetsova N., Balan I., Balan N., Parilov M. Zoo Brno
47 Animal keeper: the Danish way Bjerre, P. Roskilde Technical College
48 Conservation genetic research on animal populations under ‘intensive care’ Galbusera, P. & Helsen, P. KMDA
49 Assessment and conservation of genetic diversity in captive and wild populations of the Golden-headed lion tamarin, using pedigree and molecular data  Galbusera, P., Leus, K., De Vleeschouwer, K., Helsen, P., Vermeulen, E., Moraes, A., Grativol, A., Ruiz-miranda, C., Raboy, B., Oliveira, L., Dietz, J.  KMDA
50 Behind the scenes: discover Kaliningrad zoo backstage Sokolova, S., Korolevskaya, S., Koziakova, M. Kaliningrad zoo
51 What’s the most profit for your organisation? How we use ZIMS in ARTIS Bakker, J. Artis Zoo
52 Daily Report, a big change. Best practices from ARTIS Bakker, J. Artis Zoo
53 Community Based Red Panda Conservation in the P.I.T. Corridor Glatston, A. Red Panda Netwrok