Rockhampton Region to host Zoo conference
Delegates from Zoos and Aquaria across the State will be in the Rockhampton Region over the next few days for the Annual Zoo and Aquarium Association State Conference.
Council’s Sport and Recreation Committee Chair, Councillor Cherie Rutherford said that delegates and guests in attendance will be inspired, motivated and challenged whilst examining this year’s theme – Lost without Zoos and Aquaria – Helping Threatened Wildlife.
“The two day conference, starting tomorrow, will cover a wide range of topics relevant to the Zoo and Aquaria fields including studies, research projects, species management strategies, successful breeding programs as well as conservation and education initiatives,” Cr Rutherford said.
“A number of Rockhampton Zoo staff will be presenting research or updates on projects at the Rockhampton Zoo throughout the conference.
“There are a number of important findings and studies on the agenda along with a variety of topics and new initiatives to be discussed.
“Two keynote speakers will also present at the conference giving delegates insight into their fields.
“Mark Gerada a Lecturer in Visual Communications at University of Technology, Sydney will share his knowledge on developing and branding socially responsible campaigns and will discuss a sustainable future program for Koalas.
“Dr Alan Horsup, Senior Conservation Officer with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service will discuss his work over the past 20 years managing the recovery program for the endangered northern hairynosed wombat.
“Delegates will meet tonight for a networking function at Capricorn Resort and will dine at the Botanic Gardens tomorrow night followed by a nocturnal tour of the Zoo and a wetlands tour on Saturday.
“This is an important conference that allows the industry to share knowledge and keep abreast of the trends and significant changes in standards for animal care in zoos and aquaria and Rockhampton Regional Council and Rockhampton Zoo are very proud to be hosting the conference this year,” she said.