Update as of 6 June 2020:


In light of the on-going consequences of COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to again postpone the joint Wildlife Reserves Singapore and Wild Welfare, Pan-Asian Animal Welfare Symposium scheduled for August 24-27, 2020. Besides offering the chance to hear from some fantastic speakers, this symposium was intended to encourage and engage delegates in active focus group exercises, and as such we do not believe that the content of the agenda will be suitable for a virtual, online event. 

However, we feel there remains a strong need for such a welfare symposium on wildlife in human care in our region. Therefore, while we recognise that this year continues to be very uncertain for most of us, we hope that conditions will stabilise over the next 9-12 months allowing us to hold the symposium in 2021. We will therefore stay in touch and will share updated information and details on the planned symposium in due course.

We thank you for your understanding and patience and really look forward to seeing everyone in happier times.


A Change of Dates for:


The First Pan-Asian Animal Welfare Symposium

New Dates: August 24-27, 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
Thank you for your support, we are fully subscribed for this event. For queries, do
contact us at [email protected]


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