Leipzig 2015

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Theme: Let´s Zoocialize!

The 5th Conference of the International Congress of Zookeepers will be held in Leipzig in 2015, hosted by Zoo Leipzig.

The ICZ is excited to announce the 5th ICZ congress will be held at Zoo Leipzig, Germany, 9-13 September 2015. With a theme ´Let´s Zoocialize´ it is hoped with to have many of the world´s zookeeping community attend to share their experience and connect with others in the profession. The ICZ appreciates the support that is being shown by Zoo Leipzig in sponsoring and hosting this event and knows it will be another great congress.

A number of pre and post conference tours will be offered. We are also pleased to able to offer some travel scholarships under the ICZ ´Paul Howse Travel Scholarship Grant scheme´ which is funded from the auction at the previous congress and from further sponsorships received. Information on these will be posted on the ICZ website closer to the congress.


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Wednesday September 9
16:00 - 18:00 Registration (Kongresshalle, Leipzig Zoo)
19:00 - 21:00 Icebreaker (Gondwana Land, Leipzig Zoo)

All papers will be in the Kongresshalle at Leipzig Zoo.
Some workshops will be within the zoo as advised during congress.

Thursday September 10
08:00 - 08:10 Performance Bachs Streicherkinder
08:10 - 08:25 Welcome address Prof Dr Joerg Junhold, Director Zoo Leipzig
08:25 - 08:40 Performance Schrebers Erben
08:40 - 08:55 Welcome address Rolf Veenhuizen, President ICZ
08:55 - 09:00 Performance Bachs Streicherkinder
09:00 - 10:00 Zookeepers working together (papers)
- Berufsverband der Zootierpfleger; the German Zookeeper - Karsten Schultz, BdZ, Germany
- Collaboration to stimulate changes - Ruth Vrijland, The Netherlands
10:00 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 13:00 Animal Management and Introductions (papers)
- A Model for Big cat IntroductionsP: Taking a Planned Approach - Louise Ginman BSc, Australia
- Formation of a Bachelor Herd of Reticulated Giraffes at Zoo Atlanta - JT Svoke, USA
- Chimpanzee introductions at Safari park Beekse Bergen - Jon Klein Hofmeijer, The Netherlands
- Asian Elephant Sleep Study at Dublin Zoo - Brendan Walsh, Ireland
- Working with Orangutans, Northern Plains Grey Langurs and Asian Small-clawed Otters in a Mixed Species
Exhibit - Gina Maassen, Germany
- Avifauna management at Le Cornelle zoo, Valbrembo - Roberto Robbiati, Italy
- Husbandry and natural breeding of Giant Pandas in Tiergarten Schönbrunn Vienna Zoo - Renate Haider, Austria
- Environment enrichment based on animal behaviour: case studies of white tiger (Panthera tigris bengalensis)
and jaguar (Panthera onca) in Moscow Zoo - Natalia Papayeva, Russia
13:10 - 14:15 Lunch break
14:15 - 15:45 Workshops
- Homeopathy and Bach Flowers - Tamara Lydia Tempest
- Enrichment Planning - Mark Kingston Jones
- Behind the Scenes Tours - Leipzig Zoo
15:45 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 18:30 Workshops
- Who is Ape - Johannes Grossmann
- International Zookeeper Day - ICZ committee
18:30 - 22:00 Poster session & Silent auction

Friday September 11
08:30 - 09:30 Keynote address - Roland Wirth, ZGAP
09:30 - 10:30 Connecting with our Audience - Steve Martin, USA
10:30 - 11:00 Break
10:30 - 13:00 Communication (papers)
- Getting Emotional about Learning and Conservation - Stephen Woollard, UK
- Effective Communication on Conservation Messages - Sarah Thomas, UK
- Starting a Global Networking Conservation Web Site - Grace Yambrach, USA
- ABWAK The New Way to Learn - Vicky Snook, UK
- Zooperheroes, changing attitudes of people towards conservation - Carla Srb, Australia
- Training for Zookeepers in the Federal Republic of Germany - Karsten Schultz BdZ, Germany
- Life-changing encounters: volunteering at Wildlife SOS India - Francesca Bandoli & Elia Lunghini, Italy
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 - 15:30 Workshops
- Problem Solving - Mark Kingston Jones, Shape of Enrichment
- Rope Splicing - ABWAK
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16.00 - 19.00 Workshops
- Leipzig City Tour
- Behind the Scenes - Leipzig Zoo
19:00 Finish - Free night

Saturday September 12
08:30 - 09:10 Keynote address - Danny de Man, EAZA
09:10 - 10:30 Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine (papers)
- Treatment and healing process of a rhino wound - Lex van der Leije, The Netherlands
- Treatment of fracture OS Femur and OS Tibia on Primate - Bambang Triana, Indonesia
- Stress related mismothering in carnivores - Louise Ginman BSc, Australia
- Experiences in Hand Rearing of Langurs at The Endangered Primate Rescue Center, Vietnam - Elke Schwierz, Germany
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 13:00 Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine (papers)
- Adoption and rearing of an Orangutan infant by a surrogate conspecific mother at the Singapore Zoo
Kumaran Sesshe, Jessica Lee, Roopali Raghavan, Singapore
- Managing fights in breeding groups of Ring tailed Lemurs - Susan Speekenbrink, TheNetherlands
- Training and enrichment of nocturnal mammals at ZSL London Zoo - Jim Mackie, UK
- Reproduction issues in Toco toucans (Ramphastos toco) - Tom Verschoor, The Netherlands
- The dangers of assumption - Jensen Kare, Denmark
- Research influences a Conservation Breeding Programme - Fabian Schmidt, Germany
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 - 16:00 Workshops
- What´s the Motivation - Steve Martin, Natural Encounters USA
16:00 - 16:30 Break
16:30 - 17:30 Workshops
- German Zookeeper exam - Karsten Schultz, BdZ
- EarthFit: Connecting to the Earth in a Healthy Way - Pattie Beaven
17:30 Finish
19:00 - 24:00 Gala dinner

Sunday September 13
08:30 - 10:00 Zoo and Enclosure design (papers)
- 15 Years of ZooLex - Monika Fiby
- Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen, unique, innovative and unforgettable
Lisette de Ruigh (DVM) and Jan Bijma, The Netherlands
- The experience in creating of multispecies expositions at the Nocturnal World pavilion
Elisaveta P. Kuzmicheva, Marina V. Soboleva, Russia
- Funaab Zoo Park: Conserving With Difference - Ndubuisi F. Emmanuel, Nigeria
10:00 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 13:10 Conservation (papers)
- Save the Dill: more than species conservation - Kathrin Paulsen, Germany
- Partnership for protecting bonobos - Gottfried Hohmann, Germany
- Animal keepers: a tool for conservation - Raúl Cabrera, Barcelona Z00, ICZ, Spain
- Ex-situ Conservation: what if your best isn´t good enough? - Clancy Hall & Liz Romer, Australia
- Bird Conservation in Indonesia - Florian Richter, Germany
- Zoo Festa at Chiba Zoological Park - Hiroyuki Takahashi, Japan
- Tragedy to Triumph: Devils Ark - Mike Drinkwater, Australia
- Dreamnight at the zoo video
13:10 - 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 - 15:20 Enrichment (papers)
- Enrichment for Physical Fitness: Let´s Get Physical - Valerie J. Hare, USA and Mark Kingston Jones, UK
- Weight-tracking Conditioning Program for Spectral Tarsiers at Night Safari - Cecilia Tang, Singapore
- Enrichment Is for Individuals - Valerie Hare, USA and Mark Kingston Jones, UK
- Operant Conditioning of Indian Rhinos (Rhinoceros unicornis) in Night Safari - Vanessa Lee, Singapore
15:20 - 15:40 ICZ 2018 Argentina - Guillermo Delfino Flood, Argentina
15:40 - 16:00 Closing address - Rolf Veenhuizen, ICZ President
16:00 Finish

Papers & Posters

The 5th Conference of the International Congress of Zookeepers will be held in Leipzig in 2015, hosted by Zoo Leipzig.

Deadline for abstracts is closed since 1 May 2015

Deadline for the submission of final papers is 31 August 2015

Please mark ´ICZ final paper´ and send to: Richard Barnett, ICZ Steering Committee.

Conference dates are September 9 - 13, 2015

Leipzig information

Leipzig General Information

Leipzig welcomes you to one of the most vibrant cities in Germany. Leipzig is unique. It is a place where tradition meets dynamism, where traditional Saxon Gemütlichkeit blends with high-tech business and where classic art and culture meet the avant-garde. The magnificent city centre is an area of around a square kilometer where city residences and historic arcades, as well as Gothic, Renaissance, Wilhelminian and modern buildings bear elaborate witness to 1,000 years of history.

Guests from all over the world come to admire the city´s density of attractions. Whatever you are looking for, everything is just a stone´s throw away: Cultural highlights, shopping opportunities, museums, art galleries and the legendary pubs with first class restaurants and trendy bars.

Zoo Leipzig: At the age of 135 on the road to the future

Zoo Leipzig is creating an innovative Zoo of the future where 850 species are living on 27 hectares. The concept includes a natural environment for the animals, global commitment to endangered species, educational activities and an unforgettable experience for the visitors. On its way, Zoo Leipzig is restructuring its enclosures in accordance with the latest findings on keeping animals in their natural surroundings and is reconstructing the environment as closely as possible to their original habitat. Today spreading grasslands, protective groups of trees and extensive watercourses characterize the site of the zoo instead of concrete, steel and tiles. The latest highlight in the development of Zoo Leipzig is the tropical experience world called Gondwanaland. It is home to more than 24,000 tropical plants, around 300 exotic animals and the kind of virgin rain forest which once characterized the lost continent of Gondwana.

By 2020 the ´Zoo of the future´ concept, developed by zoo director Prof. Jörg Junhold, will be completed. Even today, zoo visitors can experience a walk around the globe and 160 million years of geology in one day : In the Siberian Tiger Taiga, the world´s largest cats roam through the wooded enclosure, rest in the shade or take a refreshing bath in the river. The expanse of the Kiwara savannah is also fascinating for visitors. On 25,000 square metres of natural savanna, Rothschild giraffes proudly stride through the grass while energetic Grévy zebras gallop and sable antelopes nibble on fresh twigs. In Pongoland, Orang-utans, gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos are living under one roof. The Ganesha Mandir elephant temple is a further highlight at Zoo Leipzig. Here, visitors encounter a fascinating scene, as the grey giants can be viewed bathing through a window under the water, enabling unprecedented views and rare closeness.

Zoo Leipzig is a destination for everybody - and each visit is an unforgettable adventure.

More information will follow as soon as possible

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Pre- & Post-conference tours

Thank you very much for your interest in the pre- & post-conference tours.
Please note that the offers can no longer be booked.

Pre conference tour  : 

6 zoos in five days

The pre-conference tour gives you the opportunity to see a wide and different range of the German Zoo diversity. From zoos in the middle of the city to zoos in the country.
The tour is including all bus transfers, a travel guide, accommodation and breakfast.
The zoos provide free entrance, guided tours behind the scenes and surprises.

03/0918:00Icebreaker Zoo Frankfurt - Borgori Wald
Accommodation : B & B Frankfurt City Ost
04/0910:00Visit Zoo Frankfurt
Accommodation : B & B Frankfurt City Ost
Departure to visit Zoo Duisburg
Departure to accommodation : Autohof Salzbergen
Departure to visit Tierpark Nordhorn
Departure to visit NaturZoo Rheine
Barbecue in NaturZoo Rheine
Departure to accommodation : Autohof Salzbergen
Departure to visit Hagenbecks Tierpark
Departure to accommodation : Mercure Hotel Walsrode
Visit World Bird Park Walsrode
Departure to Leipzig accommodation : individual accommodation for the conference
09/09optionalIndividual visit of Zoo Halle (30 minutes by subway)

Post conference tour  : 

Zoos of Berlin

The tour is including train to Berlin, a travel guide, accommodation and breakfast. The zoos provide free entrance.

Departure by train to Berlin
Visit Zoo Berlin
Accommodation : Motel One Berlin Tiergarten
15/0910:00Visit Tierpark Berlin
Individual further trip

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