Hosted by Edinburgh Zoo, United Kingdom (6 - 9 May, 2024)


Dear TAG Chairs, TAG Vice Chairs and colleagues,

I hope this message finds you well and roaring with excitement for our upcoming gathering. It is with utmost delight that I extend a warm and heartfelt invitation to the 5th Joint Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) Chairs Meeting, to be hosted by Edinburgh Zoo, home of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS).

From Monday 6 to Thursday 9 May 2024, we will come together at the enchanting Pollock Estate, a truly picturesque venue nestled in the vibrant city of Edinburgh. This location, with its historic buildings, provides an ideal backdrop for meaningful discussions and fostering new connections among colleagues.

As Chair of the WAZA Committee for Population Management and CEO of RZSS, I'm buzzing with anticipation to welcome all TAG Chairs, TAG Vice Chairs, and respected colleagues who hold equivalent positions. Your unwavering dedication plays a pivotal role in shaping our shared mission and we eagerly await your esteemed presence.

The 5th Joint TAG Chairs Meeting offers an extraordinary opportunity for us to come together, celebrate our successes, and learn from one another. It is a time to strengthen our networks, exchange innovative ideas and deepen our connections with fellow stakeholders.

Throughout the event, we will explore critical topics that define our commitment to biodiversity conservation, from our collaboration with the IUCN, to the new WAZA Population Management Goal and other collaborative conservation strategies. Together, we'll delve into harmonious conservation discussions inspired by the delightful music of the bagpipes and sustained by plates of haggis. Welcome to the Scottish way!

Please mark your calendars for the 5th Joint TAG Chairs Meeting, scheduled from Monday 6 to Thursday 9 May 2024. We look forward to welcoming you in Edinburgh.

I eagerly await our reunion and the countless remarkable outcomes that will develop from our discussions.

Yours aye,

David Field

CEO, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
Chair, WAZA Committee for Population Management

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From 6-9 May 2024 Edinburgh Zoo (Edinburgh, United Kingdom) will host the 5th Joint TAG Chairs Meeting.

Early-bird registration will open in December 2023

The conference venue is the beautifully located John McIntyre Conference Centre at the Pollock Halls Estate, close to the city centre of Edinburgh. 

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The tentative programme structure (subject to change) is as follows:

  • Monday 6 MayTAG meetings conference day 1, Evening at Edinburgh Zoo with coaches and small bites/drinks included
  • Tuesday 7 MayTAG meetings conference day 2, Evening Ice breaker with bagpipes and bag pipe lessons, location St Leonard’s Hall 
  • Wednesday 8 MayJoint TAG Chairs Conference day 1, Free night
  • Thursday 9 MayJoint TAG Chairs Conference day 2, Gala dinner with ceilidh/disco  location South Hall
  • Friday 10 May - Optional Highland Wildlife Park day visit and/or optional Isle of May boat trip with island landing
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More information will follow soon...