Human-induced urbanization, invasive species and land clearing are changing the environment at a far quicker pace than animals are able to adapt. How can animals survive such changes? Cognitive mechanisms, such as associative learning, can play a crucial role in determining how well animals cope with changing environments. Previous work with wild animals shows the incredible potential ‘learning’ could have for long-term conservation; for example, by using taste aversion to train animals not to forage on toxic invasive species or by using visual signals to avoid man-made structures such as roads. Furthermore, new behaviours can be socially learnt in some species; enabling large groups of animals to adopt new behaviours without the need to invest time in training each individual separately. Captive populations commonly benefit from the use of well-established cognitive techniques for management and husbandary purposes, but cognition is generally underutilised in conservation outside captivity. Find out how integrating cognitive mechanisms into conservation strategies offers a new approach that can help animals adapt to fast-changing environments and ensure their survival.
Attending this event
- This Science and Conservation Event is free to attend and booking is not required.
- Venue: Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo. See map.
- Underground – Camden Town Station; Nearest bus - no. 274
- Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm start.
- Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
- A drinks reception for ZSL Fellows and their guests is held from 5 – 5:50pm. More information on ZSL Fellowship can be found here.
- The ZSL Library will be open to ZSL Fellows before the event and will offer a talk at 4.45pm on 'How to make the most of your library' or `Art works and archives’. Please contact email@example.com for further information.