The Research School at Nordens Ark 3-8 October 2010

A joint project between Nordens Ark and Hasselblad Foundation topics of conservation in the wild, rearing ex situ and reintroduction of threatened Felid species

Financed by the Hasselblad Foundation

Organized by Claes Andrén, Leif Blomqvist
and Lena M Lindén (Nordens Ark)
Conservation Biology at Nordens Ark 2010

A research school, October 3-8, aimed at postgraduate training in topics of conservation in the wild, rearing ex situ and reintroduction
of threatened Felid species

(Updated May 24)

The school is centred around the Foundation Nordens Ark at the Åby Fiord in mid Bohuslän on the Swedish west coast. The school will combine seminar series of both theoretical and practical character. These will be carried out by teachers, both with a more traditional academic status, and persons with the genuine knowledge of animal husbandry, rearing in captivity, and re-introduction in the field.

Organizers: Claes Andrén, Leif Blomqvist and Lena M Lindén

The course will be in English and is mending for 15 Ph.D. students. We would also very much appreciate if the speakers are prepared to stay over night the day they have their talk, allowing the students to discuss their subjects under more relaxed forms in the evening.

Preliminary program (some presentations not yet confirmed)

Sunday 3. October

Arrival of students /registration, reception open to 10.00 pm. Possibility to have light evening meal /PUB

Monday 4. October

General aspects of felid conservation

1. Conservation status of wild felids
Urs and Christine Breitenmoser, Co-chairs, IUCN Cat Specialst Group
urs.breitenmoser@ivy.unibe.ch
ch.breitenmoser@kora.ch

2. Jointly managed ex situ populations of felids in EAZA
Alex Sliwa, EAZA Felid Chair, Cologne Zoo
sliwa@koelnerzoo.de

3. How can zoos and museums contribute to felid conservation?
Alex Sliwa, EAZA Felid Chair, Cologne Zoo
sliwa@koelnerzoo.de
Andrew Kitchener, Royal Museum of Scotland
a.kitchener@nms.ac.uk

4. The EAZA European Carnivore Campaign
Lesley Dickie, EAZA Executive director
Lesley.dickie@eaza.net

Tuesday 5. October

In focus: The Lynx

1. Status of the Eurasian lynx in continental Europe
Urs and Christine Breitenmoser, Co-chairs, IUCN Cat Specialist Group
urs.breitenmoser@ivy.unibe.ch
ch.breitenmoser@kora.ch

2. Reintroduction and restocking attempts of Eurasian lynx in continental Europe
Urs and Christine Breitenmoser, Co-chairs, IUCN Cat Specialist Group
urs.breitenmoser@ivy.unibe.ch
ch.breitenmoser@kora.ch

3. Lynx reintroduction in Kampinos Natural Park, Poland
Jan Danylow, Kampinos Natural Park
danylow@kampinoski-pn.gov.pl

4. Lynx reintroduction and restocking attempts in Telshiai forestry, Lituania
Linas Balciauskas, University of Vilnius

5. Action plan for the conservation of Eurasian lynx in Sweden
Henrik Andrén, The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Grimsö
henrik.andren@ekol.slu.se

6. The Iberian lynx conservation breeding program
Astrid Vargas, Centro de Cria Iberíco el Acebuche
Astrid.vargas@hotmail.com

7. In situ conservation of the Iberian lynx
Miguel Angel Simón, Junta de Andalucia

Wednesday 6. October

In focus: The wild cat Felis silvestris

1. Conservation and reintroduction of the European wild cat in Germany
Marianne Hartmann, University of Zürich
mhart@access.uhz.ch

2. Genetics of the wild cat
Beatrice Nussberger, University of Zürich
wildkatzen@gmx.ch

3. Status and conservation of the Scottish wildcat
Andrew Kitchener, Royal Museum of Scotland
a.kitchener@nms.ac.uk

Thursday 7. October

In focus: The snow leopard

1. Genetic and demographic management of conservation breeding programs oriented towards reintroduction
Kristin Leus, CBSG Europe, Antwerp Zoo
kristin@cbsgeurope.eu

2. Snow leopard conservation management plan in Mongolia
Örjan Johansson, The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Grimsö
Orjan.johansson@ekol.slu.se

3. Snow leopard conservation and the Snow Leopard Trust
Authors to be announced

Friday 8. October

In Focus: Large cats in the Russian Far East

1. Preparation for reintroduction of Amur leopards in the Russian Far East
Sarah Christie, Zoological Society of London
sarah.christie@zsl.org

2. The role of zoos in Amur leopard conservaation
Sarah Christie, Zoological Society of London
sarah.christie@zsl.org

3. Methods used to count tigers and leopards in the Russian Far East
Linda Kerley, Lazo Zapovednik , Zoological Society of London
kerley_linda@yahoo.com

4. Survival rates and causes of mortality of Amur tigers in the Russian Far East.
Linda Kerley, Lazo Zapovednik , Zoological Society of London
kerley_linda@yahoo.com

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