An Invitation to:

The First Pan-Asian Animal Welfare Symposium

April 27-30, 2020

Venue: Singapore Zoo

 

Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), in collaboration with Wild Welfare (WW), is pleased to invite you or your representative to the first Pan-Asian Animal Welfare Symposium, hosted by Singapore Zoo.

Focusing on key themes around wildlife under human care, the Symposium will bring together up to 100 representatives from zoos and aquariums, rescue centers, animal welfare NGOs, and zoological organisations for three and a half days of exciting presentations, discussions, and break-out focus group sessions.

This innovative animal welfare forum is designed to focus exclusively on the Pan-Asian region and serve as a networking platform to share expert knowledge and collective experiences in a positive environment to achieve the following objectives:

  • Facilitate Pan-Asian zoological community awareness of animal welfare issues
  • Identify common challenges and obstacles to enhance welfare efforts and their underlying causes
  • Advance knowledge and application of animal welfare best practices relevant to the community
  • Initiate the formation of a Pan-Asian zoological community that collectively focuses on a united approach to developing animal welfare solutions

The discussions and focus group work conducted during the Symposium will be summarised on the final day and incorporated into a Statement of Commitment to be presented to all participants. This will mark the beginning of an ongoing collaborative effort to address the challenges of meeting best practice animal welfare standards throughout the region.

Please save the date and look for more information coming soon.

Best regards,

Dr. Cheng Wen Haur
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, WRS
Georgina Groves
Executive Director, WW

Programme overview

  • Day 1
    • Speeches by keynote and invited speakers, focusing on international animal welfare action and initiatives
  • Day 2
    • Break-out focus groups to identify main animal welfare concerns, root causes, as well as relevant and achievable actions
  • Day 3
    • Break-out focus groups (continued)
    • Site visit of WRS parks, with demonstrations of how animal welfare can be enhanced through aspects including design of exhibit and back-of-house areas, husbandry, enrichment and training
  • Day 4
    • Presentation of group reports and recommendations
    • Summary of pan-regional welfare recommendations and future actions

Accommodation

We have discounted rates for accommodation. For details, please click here.