15th International Elephant & Rhino Conservation and Research Symposium

Threatened species

Populations of elephants and rhinos in the wild are decreasing at an alarming rate. Demand for ivory drives poachers to continue hunting these endangered species at unsustainable levels. These gentle giants are also under threat of losing their wildlife habitat, while conflicts also arise as wandering elephants stray into human settlements.

Discussions made

In response to such alarming conditions, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) hosted the 15th International Elephant & Rhino Conservation and Research Symposium at Singapore Zoo from 14 to 18 November 2016.

Over 170 participants from across the world shared findings and discussed conservation strategies pertaining to various elephant and rhino species in their respective range countries.

The outcome

The meeting covered a wide range of topics including habitat management, learnings in veterinary care, captive management best practices and research on behaviour, nutrition and reproduction of these species.

The meeting was very well-received and helped to establish numerous avenues for collaboration between partners over the four-day symposium. It is hoped that these concerted efforts will contribute significantly to the long-term survival of elephants and rhinos.

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