Zoo partners with International Union for the Conservation of Nature to save species
Lincoln Park Zoo in partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Reintroduction Specialist Group (RSG) will host the 2nd International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference from 13 – 16 November, 2018. After a successful conference at the zoo in 2008, reintroduction biologists and managers from around the globe will again convene in Chicago to share information, triumphs and tribulations from experiences restoring wildlife back into the wild.
From deep sea coral to green-winged macaws, reintroduction biologists are tirelessly working to restore native populations of endangered wildlife. Many wildlife populations throughout the world are experiencing dramatic declines in size or are already extirpated in what scientists have deemed the sixth mass extinction. An established conservation strategy to enhance the restoration of locally extinct populations is the reintroduction ofand bred animals.
Phil Seddon, University of Otago Prof. and Chair of the Conference’s Scientific Advisory Group
“This is a challenging time for many species,” said Lincoln Park Zoo’s Executive Vice President Megan Ross, Ph.D., “Lincoln Park Zoo is excited to gather the greatest minds in reintroduction science to discuss how we can best increase our impact to preserve the natural world”
The second International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference will bring together top experts in the field to focus on the evolving science of reintroduction and discuss ‘lessons learnt’, identify scientific processes that improve effectiveness and build a culture of innovation of theoretical and applied research on wildlife reintroduction and other conservation translocations.
While there have been several high-profile successful reintroductions over the past decades such as Puerto Rican parrots, California condors, Arabian oryx, black-footed ferrets and golden lion tamarins, wildlife reintroduction is inherently challenging. More than 40 speakers, including many notable wildlife experts, will present new research findings to foster collaborations and improve the success rates of future reintroduction programs.
The International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference is also made possible by Calgary Zoo and Saint Louis Zoo.
(Source: Lincoln Park Zoo press release, 11.01.2018)