28-29 January 2021


Zoo Nutrition conference

After a fantastic European Zoo Nutrition Conference at Marwell Zoo in January 2019, we couldn’t wait to start planning another successful conference edition. Therefore, we were very happy when Vienna Zoo kindly offered to be the host of the 2021 edition. However, in the beginning of 2020, everything changed. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, zoos have had to fight for survival - having to shut facing huge financial difficulties, as well as having to come up with flexible solutions and draw on staff’s incredible adaptability in unprecedented times. We have seen the zoo community as a whole, globally, come together and support one another in facing their challenges to do what is right and what is best for their animals. And rather than dwell on what has been such a challenging year we hope to now focus on what motivates us all to do our jobs, inspire our work and fuels our passion - the animals!

Although we will not be together in person this year to share our experiences and knowledge of zoo animal nutrition in 2020, we are very pleased to have been able to arrange another European Zoo Nutrition Conference - the first ever virtual meeting, which will proceed online in modified format. Due to this year’s format and support from EAZA, we are pleased to have been able to offer this year’s conference free of charge, which we hope is of benefit to our loyal community but also encourages some new faces with an interest in zoo animal nutrition to take part and get a taste of what our usual conferences are about.

This year the organising committee is very excited to present you with a wide range of talks and workshops from expert scientists in the field of bat, bear and bird nutrition, and the primate gut microbiome. Additionally, we have some fantastic talks and workshops with high practical value to zoo nutrition/nutritionist roles based around human behaviour change science, sustainability through diet change, and adaptations, problems and solutions due to Covid-19.

This programme provides an outline of the talks and workshop sessions. Please note that all talks and sessions are scheduled in Central European Time (CET). There may be some additional details added as we approach the conference date so keep an eye out for new announcements and updates. We hope this programme finds you well and excited for the conference - Registration is open to all, please note that there are 5 different parts of the conference to register for (including workshops) and we encourage you to register for all 5 sessions early on to not miss out on any of the fun and to receive communications on what to prepare for workshops etc! There are some really unique opportunities to take part with.

Preparing a conference, even a virtual one, is a lot of investment in time, money, and effort. We are very grateful for the support of all our members of the organising committee, Marcus, Joeke, Nicola and Sarah, with many thanks also to the EAZA Executive office and especially Mirko Marseille and Lauren Florisson, for coordinating the virtual aspects of the conference, processing registrations, regularly updating the conference website and taking responsibility of announcements.
And finally, we are pleased to welcome all our participants both old and new! Thank you for attending our virtual European Zoo Nutrition Conference 2021. We hope you are looking forward to the programme as much as we are, and hope to meet you again at future conferences, next time in person.

On behalf of the organizing committee,

Anouk Fens and Lauren Samet, Chair and Co-Chair EAZA Nutrition Group

Scientific and Organizing Committee

Anouk Fens - Apenheul Primate Park
Lauren Samet - Marwell Wildlife
Marcus Clauss - University of Zurich
Joeke Nijboer - Nijboer Consultancy
Nicola Bryson-Morrison - University of Kent
Sarah Depauw – Odisee University College

A. Fens Face photo 2019


Click here to download the programme booklet, including abstracts of the speakers as well as the workshop descriptions. 


Conference day 1 (28 January)

Time Session  Presenter(s)
09:00 - 09:15 Welcome  
09:15 - 10:15

How We Can Use Behaviour Change Science in the World of Zoo Animal Nutrition

Dr Tamzin Furtado
10:30 - 11:30 The Nutritional Husbandry of Bats Dr Leonie Baier
11:45 - 12:30 'Short talks': Smart Solutions in Zoo Nutrition (including Q&A session)  
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch break  
13:30 - 14:15 'Short talks': Diet Change and Behaviour (including Q&A session)  
14:15 - 14:30 Short break  
14:30 - 16:00 Workshop 1: Behaviour Change Science in the World of Zoo Animal Nutrition Dr Tamzin Furtado
16:00 - 16:30 Break  
16:30 - 18:00 Workshop 2: COVID19 & Zoo Animal Nutrition Lauren Samet & Anouk Fens
18:00 - Concluding remarks by Geert Janssens  


Conference day 2 (29 January)

Time Session  Presenter(s)
09:00 - 09:15 Welcome & Opening Remarks  
09:15 - 10:15 Sustainability of Zoo Animal Feed: Food for Thought Dr Francis Cabana
10:30 - 11:30 Now That’s a Seedy Character! Nutritional Considerations in Feeding Granivorous Species Dr Ellen Dierenfeld
11:45 - 12:30 'Short talks': Underwater Nutrition / Mineral Deficiency (including Q&A session)  
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch break  
13:30 - 14:30 Diet and the Gut Microbiome: Lessons from Comparative Work with Primates Dr Katherine Amato
14:30 - 14:45 Short break  
14:45 - 15:30 'Short talks': Scoring and Measuring Animal Condition / Microbiome (including Q&A session) Dr Tamzin Furtado
15:30 - 16:00 Break  
16:00 - 18:00

Workshop 3: Bear nutrition

Charles Robbins & Marcus Clauss
18:00 -  Concluding remarks & thanks by Geert Janssens  

Conference proceedings and session recordings will become available after the conference, either on the EAZA public website and/or the EAZA Member Area. Availability will be announced through the website, internal communications and EAZA social media channels



The Online European Zoo Nutrition Conference is open to anyone interested in comparative and zoo animal nutrition. Nutrition is a vital element of animal care and gathering everyone involved or interested to exchange information and ideas helps fulfil our objectives. European Zoo Nutrition conferences are usually attended by an average of 150 delegates from approximately 20 countries globally, representing zoo nutritionists, veterinarians, curators, animal keepers and students.

Registration is free but you are required to pre-register for each of the sessions. For registration please click on the links below for each respective session. For questions about the programme please contact Anouk Fens (, for registration queries please contact

Conference (FULL)

  • EAZA Nutrition Conference Day 1 (Thursday 28 January) 09:00 - 14:15 CET 
  • EAZA Nutrition Conference Day 2 (Friday 29 January) 09:00 - 14:30 CET

Workshops (FULL)

  • EAZA Nutrition conference workshop 1: Behaviour Change Science in the World of Zoo Animal Nutrition (Thursday 28 January) 09:00 - 16:00 CET
  • EAZA Nutrition conference workshop 2: COVID19 & Zoo Animal Nutrition (Thursday 28 January) 16:30 - 18:00 CET
  • EAZA Nutrition conference workshop 3: Bear Nutrition (Friday 29 January) 16:00 - 18:00 CET


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Please meet the following companies that will give a short presentation during the online European Zoo Nutrition Conference :

granovit 400 laurent 400
zoo profis 400   Kasper Foods 250
 kiezebrink 400