Wildlife Conservation: South Asia vultures
10 Nov 2009 – 6:00 pm - 7:40 pm
South Asia vultures: catastrophic declines and environmental impact - a ZSL Science and Conservation Event.
Around the world vultures are under pressure for a variety of reasons but in South Asia over the past 15 years a catastrophic decline of three species has been identified. The challenge now faced by conservationists and the governments of India, Nepal and Pakistan is to reverse the trend and save these species from the brink of extinction.
The decline, its causes and the impact on the environment will be examined, and actions now under way to ensure the long-term survival of the three species of vulture will be discussed. Details of how a veterinary drug used in cattle led to the loss of millions of vultures, how local communities have coped with the loss of vultures in their environment and the effect on human health, the search to find safe replacement drugs and how breeding centres can re-establish populations of these Critically Endangered vultures in the wild are given.
Is this a one-off problem or is other wildlife facing similar threats?
Talks and speakers:
Declines in large raptors
Jemima Parry-Jones MBE, International Centre for Birds of Prey;
Diagnosing the cause of the Asian vulture decline
Professor Rhys Green, RSPB & University of Cambridge;
Finding solutions to the vulture conservation crisis
Dr Richard Cuthbert, RSPB; and
Ensuring the future – the role of conservation breeding and reintroduction
Nick Lindsay, ZSL
Organised by Nick Lindsay, Senior Curator - Zoo Projects, ZSL.
Please note that this event has already taken place.
This event in the 'Wildlife Conservation' series will begin at 6.00pm (doors from 5.00pm) and talks are scheduled to finish at 7.30pm; admission is free and open to everyone (no advance booking or registration required). This event will be held in the ZSL Meeting Rooms and seats will be on a first-come, first-served basis. A dinner with the speakers will follow this event and places must be booked in advance. A dinner booking form will be available from this page by mid-October; please download for further information.
ZSL Science and Conservation Events: An essential part of ZSL's work is to communicate relevant, high-quality zoological and conservation science. The integrated ZSL Science and Conservation Events programme includes Symposia, and the new 'Wildlife Conservation' and 'Communicating Science' series. Topics cover a wide variety of zoological and conservation themes, and international experts present and discuss their research
Further Information: please contact Joy Hayward, Scientific Meetings Coordinator, Zoological Society of London, Regents Park, London NW1 4RY.