“The evolution of zoos and aquariums in the 21st century ”

Doug Cress
Chief Executive Officer
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
and co-author of In My Family Tree: A Life with Chimpanzees
Keynote Speaker
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
CAZA / AZAC 2018 Conference

More than 700 million people visit zoos and aquariums each year—literally one-tenth of the world’s population—and WAZA and its members must become centres of excellence. We must all find new ways to both model change and promote change if we want to successfully address issues such as climate change, illegal wildlife trade, marine litter, plastics, palm oil, human overpopulation and sustainable development.

In addition, the WAZA community is already the third-largest funder of conservation in the world, but it is enough? As we see more wildlife and wild spaces slip away, do zoo and aquariums need to re-think how conservation is carried out? Doug will explore these issues.

Doug Cress is the Chief Executive Officer of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). He will be joining us as our keynote speaker on Wednesday, September 12.

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“Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare: An evolution”

Dr. Stephanie Allard
Director of Animal Welfare
Detroit Zoological Society
Keynote Speaker
Thursday, September 13, 2018
CAZA / AZAC 2018 Conference

The accredited zoo and aquarium community has taken great strides to go from providing good care to animals to considering the well-being of individuals.

Although we have always been concerned for the animals in our institutions, there has been a fundamental shift in the emphasis we now place on the experiences animals have and how they are impacted by living in our care. We make daily decisions for them, from which spaces they occupy, to who they interact with (including us), and about many of the opportunities with which they are presented.

Animal welfare is experienced at the level of the individual, and thus, we must assess welfare from the perspective of the animal. This is certainly not always an easy feat, but as we continue to learn more and to apply that knowledge, we are forging a path forward. We each play a part in the evolution of zoos and aquariums, and in ensuring all animals have the opportunity to thrive.

Dr. Allard will discuss what animal welfare is and how living in the care of humans can impact animals. She will also describe ways we can assess individual animal well-being and how this can be applied to organizations of all sizes and resource levels. Finally, she will share what I think the future holds for zoo and aquarium animal welfare.

Dr. Stephanie Allard is the Director of Animal Welfare at the Detroit Zoological Society and and she will be joining us as our keynote speak on Thursday, September 13. Don’t miss it!

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“Fostering increases in transparency between scientist and society”

Michael Brunt
Doctoral student
Animal Welfare Program, UBC
Keynote Speaker
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
CAZA / AZAC 2018 Conferenc

In his presentation, Michael will explore the definitions of transparency and why perspective matters. What does a commitment to transparency mean and what are its benefits? During his talk, Michael will also use European examples from other fields to demonstrate real-world benefits.

Michael holds an Honours B.Sc. specializing in Zoology from the University of Guelph and a M.Sc. in Population Medicine specializing in Applied Ethology from the Ontario Veterinary College. He is a Registered Master Laboratory Animal Technician with the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science and a Certified Manager of Laboratory Animal Resources with the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science.

Michael Brunt is an international speaker and participates at all levels to foster increases in transparency between scientist and society. Currently, he is pursuing doctoral studies with the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia.


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