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Workshops & Conferences

Sharing of knowledge and building capacity for conservation and animal management is a key role zoological institutions play. At WRS, we conduct and assist in organizing various workshops, symposiums, talks and conferences to gather experts to discuss and share the latest progress on various aspects of species conservation and management, strategize priorities and disseminate findings to a wider public audience.


WOW Talk: WCS’s Asian Elephant Program: evidence-based conservation in Indonesia and across Asia (Dr. Martin Tyson)

Dr. Martin Tyson, WCS Asia Program technical advisor, presented to WRS staff on 26 Nov 2012, an overview of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Asian Elephant Conservation Program, with an emphasis on WCS’s work in Indonesia including Way Kambas National Park, where WCS has been working to reduce human–elephant conflict with support from Wildlife Reserves Singapore. The talk emphasized the value of an evidence-based approach to elephant conservation and showed that such an approach can result in demonstrable gains, both for elephants and the people with whom they often have to co-exist.

WOW Talk: The Management & Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME) — Moving Towards an Evidence-Based Conservation of Malaysian wildlife (Dr. Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz)

On 27 Jul 2012, Assistant Professor Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, gave a talk to WRS staff on the Management & Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME) research project, a five-year research project that aims to assess the effectiveness of current elephant management in Peninsular Malaysia, develop a long-term elephant management plan based on the understanding of elephant ecology and behavior, and build capacity within government conservation agencies and the community of young conservation scientists.

Top: MEME group with collared elephant.
Bottom: Tracking an elephant

WOW Talk: Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles – The Crisis Continues (Dr. Chris Shepherd)

Dr. Chris Shepherd, Deputy Regional Director of TRAFFIC Southeast Asia, presented “Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles – The Crisis Continues” to the staff of WRS on 19 July 2012. The talk addressed current threats to the conservation of tortoises and turtles and the scale of international trade.

Top: Critically Endangered: The Ploughshare tortoise from Madagascar
Bottom: Critically Endangered: The Roti Island snake-necked turtle


Conservation Perspectives: Ivory Trade in Africa by Dr. James Deutsch

Dr. James Deutsch presented a talk on the Ivory Trade in Africa at the Singapore Zoo on 8 May 2012, jointly organized by Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund and Banyan Tree Global Foundation, to an audience from WRS, Agri-food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore, National Parks Board and Wildlife Conservation Society.

In the talk, Dr. Deutsch discussed the growing demand for ivory and its impact on the continued survival of elephants in Africa. In 2011, the highest number of illegal ivory was seized in more than two decades. Consequently, steep declines in African elephant population had been observed, with probably fewer than 20,000 African elephants remaining in the Congo basin.  Dr. Deutsch also shared with the audience what Wildlife Conservation Society and other organisations are doing worldwide to address the issue.