Hosted by BIOPARC Valencia Zoo, Spain (17-21 September, 2019)


On behalf of all BIOPARC Valencia staff you are welcomed to the beautiful city of Valencia and the Palacio de Congresos de València, the venue for the EAZA Annual Conference 2019. 

Valencia is situated on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, fronting the Gulf of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea. It is the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona, with around 800,000 inhabitants in the administrative centre, and 1.7 to 2.5 million in the metropolitan area. The city was founded as a Roman colony in 138 BC. Its historic centre is one of the largest in Spain. Its heritage of ancient monuments, views and cultural attractions makes Valencia one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Valencia boasts a wide-ranging environmental offer due to its proximity to the Albufera Nature Reserve and the green lung, located in the old Turia riverbed which crosses the city centre from east to west.

BIOPARC Valencia is located in the Cabecera Park, a 200,000 m2 section of the extensive Turia Gardens. The Turia Gardens, more than 11 km in length, were created when the Turia River was re-channelled safely out of the city, and it was decided to make the old riverbed a place for the people, offering diverse possibilities for recreation. BIOPARC Valencia is a unique zoo. Its design employs the “zooimmersion” concept, in which visitors are surrounded by meticulous recreations of the natural habitats being presented. Social animals that live together in groups are displayed, as well as groups of different species that coexist in the same habitats. Predatory species are integrated into the visual space, but are separated from other species by barriers invisible to the eye of the visitor, ensuring the safety of both the animals and the people. The animals, vegetation and landscape provide opportunities for discovering the complexity of natural ecosystems. 

BIOPARC Valencia is committed to education and conservation of animals and their ecosystems. It participates in many breeding programmes for species in danger of extinction. The presence of these species in BIOPARC Valencia provides valuable and diverse educational experiences for our guests. BIOPARC Valencia has a firm commitment to go beyond leisure and to be a platform for education and awareness.

All the employees/staff of BIOPARC Valencia, the general manager and the founders of Rain Forest, would like you to visit us during the 2019 EAZA Annual Conference in Valencia. 

We are looking forward to see you!


Registration and programme

Please click here to register

Registration type Early bird rate (until 30 June 2019) Regular rate (from 1 July 2019)
EAZA Member €530 €640
Single day €265 €360
Accompanying person €150 €150
Gala dinner (21 September) €90 €90


Click here to see the programme (v11), please note that the programme is still subject to (minor) changes.  

For questions relating to registration, exhibition and sponsorship please contact: eaza2019@pacificworld.com. For event-related inquiries you can contact mirko.marseille@eaza.net.

Don't forget to use #EAZA2019 when talking about the EAZA Annual Conference 2019 on social media!

Pre-conference EAZA Academy Workshop

The Animal Training Working Group is hosting a half-day EAZA Academy workshop at BIOPARC Valencia on 17 September - Trailblazing Trainers: Animal Training Workshop for Zoo Professionals. Aimed at anyone interested in gaining an understanding of force free animal training and how to apply it to improve animal welfare in their collection, this workshop will introduce some learning principles as well as training demonstrations and hands-on opportunities. Separate registration is required, click here for more information and the registration form. 

The workshop is scheduled from approximately 09:00 - 14:00, so workshop participants will also be able to attend the Joint TAG Chairs/EEP Coordinator/ESB Keeper meeting and the icebreaker.

Oceanogràfic Valencia  

By showing your Congress badge at the ticket office of the Oceanogràfic you can access the Aquarium from 17-22 September from 10:00 to 18:00h. Located in the avant-garde architectural complex of Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències in Valencia, the aquarium is a true tribute to the seas and oceans of the planet and contains large aquariums which faithfully reproduce the most important marine ecosystems.

Immerse yourself and be amazed by the most important marine ecosystems in the world represented at Oceanogràfic Valencia.



Conference delegates and other EAZA Members are invited to display relevant posters at the Annual Conference 2019 (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 may 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 Valencia, or alternatively sent with a delegate that is attending. The Organizing Secretariat offers a printing service as well as delivery to the conference venue if you wish to avoid carrying bulky poster tubes on the plane. A file as PDF of 300dpi or higher is then required. For more information, you may contact eaza2019@pacificworld.com.

All posters should be formatted vertically of standard A2 - portrait (420mm wide by 594mm high); or A1 - portrait (594mm wide by 840mm high). During the conference, poster presenters are responsible for attaching their poster to their assigned poster panel. Poster panels will be arranged numerically. Materials for hanging the posters will be available on site.

To allow easier identification of the author, we suggest you include a photograph (ideally 6 cm x 9 cm) on the poster header. It is also a good idea to pin an envelope to the bottom of the board for the receipt of business cards and messages and/or make mini copies of your poster which can be taken away by other delegates.

Abstract Submission for Poster Presentations has closed. NEW SUBMISSIONS ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTED. 

Accepted posters:  


  Title Author(s) Affiliation
1 Managing the reproduction in captivity of the rare and endangered cave salamander (Proteus anguinus) Olivier Guillaume Loro Parque Fundación, Spain
2 Greater bamboo lemur as umbrella species for conservation Delphine Roullet Helpsimus , France
3 Families, forest and greater bamboo lemurs: all united! Delphine Roullet Helpsimus, France
4 Preliminary results of the Ring-tailed Vontsira survey on Helpsimus conservation area Delphine Roullet Helpsimus, France
5 When fiction meets reality to help conservation! Cécile Erny & Guillaume Romano

Association Française des Parcs Zoologiques, France


Using samples from UK zoo elephants to inform mitigation for Human-Elephant Conflict around a mining area in South Africa?

F. Sach, E. Dierenfeld, S. Langley-Evans, M. Watts & L. Yon Zoological Society of London, United Kingdom
7 Applied research to inform zoo husbandry: examples from an evidence-based approach to Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) management at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Lewis J. Rowden, Katherine Finch & Fiona Sach Zoological Society of London, United Kingdom
Western Hoolock gibbon wild population reinforcement in Northeast India  Florian Magne HURO Programme, India 
9 Barbary Macaque Experience Joris Verbruggen AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection, the Netherlands
10 Species of the Year - Facts Viktoria Michel  Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations, Germany 
11 Personality in Hornbills  F. M. Timmerman, J. Lammers & M. J. H. M. Duchateau Birdpark Avifauna, The Netherlands
12 Dolphin-WET (Welfare Evaluation Tool): a new conceptual framework for welfare evaluation of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) under human care Oriol Tallo-Parra, Fabienne Delfour, Lorenzo von Fersen, Daniel Garcia-Párraga, Xavier Manteca, Tania Moneal-Pawlowsky, Cristina Pilenga, Kerstin Ternes, Isabella L. K. Clegg, Manuel Garcia Hartmann, Birgitta Mercera & Katrin Baumgartner  Zoo Animal Welfare Education Centre, Spain

Individual non-invasive endocrine monitoring in Western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) in Barcelona Zoo: use of wax crayons as faecal markers

I. Osés, A. Carbajal, M.T. Abelló & M. López-Bejar Zoo Barcelona, Spain
14 Determining the health status of bats in Catalonia (NE Iberian Peninsula) Lourdes Lobato, Oscar Cabezón, Maria Puig, Johan Espunyes & Josep M. Alonso Zoo Barcelona, Spain
15 Introducing the Amphibian Surveillance Program of Catalonia (ASPrCAT) Josep M. Alonso, Oscar Cabezón, Maria Puig, Albert Martinez-Silvestre, Lourdes Lobato & Johan Espunyes Zoo Barcelona, Spain
16 The Kukang Rescue Program: Conservation action plan on tackling illegal wildlife trade and protecting Nycticebus spp. in the North Sumatra province František Příbrský, Kateřina Holubová & Lucie Čižmářová Ostrava Zoo, Czech Republic
17 Building capactities for antelope conservation in Senegal Karolína Brandlová, Henriette Diarra, Markéta Grúňová, Tamara Fedorova, Kateřina Štochlová, Markéta Gloneková, Magdalena Žáčková & Pavla Hejcmanová Derbianus Conservation, Czech Republic
18 Acoustic correlates of individuality in the vocalisations of the Southern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum) Sabrina N. Linn & Marina Scheumann Zoo Frankfurt, Germany
19 The snaring crisis and solutions to the in situ conservation of the critically endangered large-antlered muntjac, a proposed study  Minh Thi Anh Nguyen Colorado State University, USA 
20 Tree-top camera trapping in the forest of the Barangay Langogan: the results of a two-year study Agathe Debruille  ABConservation, France
21 What is in it for me? Welfare assessment of a captive colony of African penguins before and after the transfer to a new enclosure Francesca Bandoli, Enea Silvio Rabazzi, Veronica Carretta, Mara Gessini & Paolo Cavicchio Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia, Italy 
22 A new pair of Red pandas at Pistoia Zoo: monitoring the introduction of the male Francesca Calamai, Clara Sargentini & Francesca Bandoli  Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia, Italy 
23 Case report: use of fluralaner to treat sarcoptic mange in a captive Brown bear Rossana Cordon, Francesca Bandoli, Denise Luminelli & Paolo Cavicchio Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia, Italy
24 Active protection programme of Lake Minnow (Rhynchocypris percnurus) in the pond on the area of Plock ZOO, Poland Krzysztof Kelman, Bogdan Koczyk & Dorota Raniszewska  ZOO Plock, Poland
25 Wild Forest Reindeer LIFE, the role of the zoos Hanna-Maija Lahtinen   Helsinki Zoo, Finland 
26 The Sumatran Ranger Project Amy Robbins Auckland Zoo, New Zealand
27 Wildlife’s need for ex-situ expertise Laurel Sandy Auckland Zoo, New Zealand
28 Grappling with Galaps, a weighty issue  Donald McFarlane Auckland Zoo, New Zealand
29 Observation of Social interactions between male Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus) in field enclosures at Yorkshire Wildlife Park Ellena Hill  University of Lincoln & Yorkshire Wildlife Park, United Kingdom
30 Behaviour and welfare of wide-ranging captive carnivores in open-field enclosures: the activity budgets of four male polar bears (Ursus maritimus)  Kerry Hill University of Lincoln & Yorkshire Wildlife Park, United Kingdom
31 Silent Forest Campaign in Leningradsky Zoo S. Aleksandrova Leningradsky Zoo, Saint Petersburg, Russia
32 Parrots Response to Different Forms of Environmental Enrichment E.V. Agafonova, E.M. Laevskaya & M. A. Matlova Leningradsky Zoo, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Zanzibar Lagoon Project - The Jambiani lagoon as a sustainable habitat

Friederike von Houwald Basel Zoo & marinecultures.org, Switzerland 
34 Factors influencing survivorship of bat-eared foxes in European Zoos Sophie Wiltshire, Matthew Norris-Hill, Mike Woolham & and Kerry Hunt University Centre Sparsholt, United Kingdom
35 Mixed enclosures for Caprines species  Marco Penello  Parco Faunistico Valcorba, Italy 
36 Behavioral analysis of the okapi (Okapia johnstoni) Beatrice Sartini, Gioia Gaiot, Renato Piccinini, Olivier Friard & Marco Gamba   Parco Zoo Falconara, Italy 
37 Does diet influence salivary enzyme activities in elephant species? Carolin Boehlke, Sabrina Schuster, Lucas Kauthe, Christian Hannig & Oliver Zierau  Technische Universität Dresden, Germany  
38 Reported livestock guarding dog-wildlife interactions: implications for conservation and animal welfare  K. Whitehouse-Tedd, R. Wilkes, C.G. Stannard, D. Wettlaufer & D. Cilliers West Midland Safari Park, United Kingdom 
39 ZOO Łódź is building Orientarium Arkadiusz Jaksa & Tomasz Jóźwik Zoo Łódź, Poland 
40 The European Professional Zookeeper Qualification Framework project Joni Hut & Laura Myers EAZA Executive Office, the Netherlands
41 A behavioural study of social relationships and space used by captive Western Lowland Gorillas as a decision-making tool for population management   Amélie Romain, Aurore Balaran & Peggy Motsch  Bureau d’étude AKONGO, France
42  Enclosure design affects brown bear cubs behavior Santoro Rosaria,  Quintavalle Pastorino Giovanni & Yadid Yitzhak  Fondazione Bioparco of Rome, Italy
43 Beijing Zoo Introduction I Yan Lu & Xuefeng Liu Beijing Zoo, China
44 Beijing Zoo Introduction II Yan Lu & Xuefeng Liu Beijing Zoo, China
45 Beijing Key Laboratory of Captive Wildlife Technologies Yan Lu & Xuefeng Liu Beijing Zoo, China

Automatic Feeders for Manatees (Trichechus manatus) at  Wrocław ZOO

Miroslaw Piasecki  Wroclaw Zoo, Poland
47 Wroclaw Zoo conservation activities in Laos

Radosław Ratajszczak & Anna Mękarska

Wroclaw Zoo, Poland 
48 The pangolin conservation work in Taipei Zoo  Hsuan-Yi Lo, Hsuan-Ya Yu, Ting-Yu Chen, Chen-Ye Lien, Wang Yi-Ming, Tsao Hsien-Shao & Shih-Chien Chin  Taipei Zoo, Taiwan 
49  Comparative behaviour and breeding success of Edwards’s pheasants in established and new pairings Niamh Emery, Jo Gregson & Andrew E. Bowkett  Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, United Kingdom
50 EAZA Animal Welfare Working Group Melissa Broadway, Lisa Holmes, Graeme Dick & Holly Farmer Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, United Kingdom

EAZA Animal Welfare Forum 2020

Melissa Broadway & Holly Farmer Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, United Kingdom

Individual and social behaviours of ara parrots in a mixed-species exhibit

G.F. La Cauza, G. Ottolini, B. Regaiolli, M. Possenti, C. Sandri,
C. Avesani Zaborra & C. Spiezio

Parco Natura Viva – Garda Zoological Park, Italy

Behavioural variety index and zoo animal welfare

C. Spiezio, C. Sandri, G. Ottolini, C. Avesani Zaborra & B. Regaiolli  Parco Natura Viva – Garda Zoological Park, Italy 

Gala dinner (FULL)


The gala dinner location for the Annual Conference 2019 will be at LA FERRADURA by the Patacona’s Beach

Venue: La Ferradura (Avda. Mare Nostrum, 42 – 46120 Alboraya-Valencia)
Dress code: Lounge suit / Cocktail dress
Tickets: €90 per person (deadline for bookings 2 September): FULLY BOOKED, NO MORE PLACES AVAILABLE

La Ferradura is an exclusive restaurant located right on the seafront of the beach, offering magnificent views of the sea from all the area, a fantastic terrace capable of being uncovered and spacious areas with no pillars, totally open to hold all kind of events. It’s decorated in a very careful way, of minimalist style, with modern style details and excellent quality materials, such as granites, wood and steal. 

Conference buses will depart from the main entrance of Congress Center at 19:00. Departure from La Ferradura will start at 23:30 and run until 01:00 with drop off at the Congress Center.

If you would like to continue the party after the Gala Dinner we suggest Marina Beach Club by the Malvarrosa Beach.


Lufthansa discount deal

Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines offer a discount on flights to Valencia for EAZA Annual Conference participants. Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines offer a comprehensive global route network linking major cities around the world. We offer special prices and conditions to participants, visitors, exhibitors, invited guests as well as employees of the Contracting partner and their travel companions.

To make a reservation, please click here and enter the access code NLZQDSC in the "Offer for discounted flights" area. This will open an online booking platform that will automatically calculate the discount offered or provide you with an even better offer if another promotional fare is available. Click here to see the instruction.

NOTE: Pop-ups must be enabled otherwise the booking platform window will not open.

These promotional fares are also available through your IATA / ARC travel agent. Travel agents can obtain ticketing instructions by sending an email to lufthansa.mobility@dlh.de and providing the access code as a reference.

This offer is valid for flights departing between 10 to 28 September 2019. If you encounter any problems, please contact Dalila Frasson.



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