27th SEAZA Conference

Southeast Asian Zoos in Conservation and Animal Welfare

17 - 20 November 2019

Phú Quốc, Vietnam

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On behalf of SEAZA and Vinpearl Safari Phú Quốc, we warmly invite you to attend the 27th Annual SEAZA Conference scheduled to be held in Phú Quốc, Vietnam from 17-20 November 2019.

The theme of the conference is “Southeast Asian Zoos in Conservation and Animal Welfare”. The venue of the conference will be at the Convention Center of the Vinpearl Hotel and Resorts located in the northern part of the beautiful island of Phú Quốc.

An interesting program also includes a visit to Vinpearl Safari and a downtown tour. You may also join other tours to different places in Vietnam.

Taking part in this annual conference will be an excellent opportunity for all of us to see each other again, to make new friends in the zoo community and also for exchange of ideas and knowledge. Your presence and participation will actively contribute to the success of the conference.

We look forward to welcoming you in Phú Quốc.

With the best regards,

Dr. Phan Viet Lam


Southeast Asian Zoos and Aquariums Association

Mr. Luu Chi Hieu

General Manager

Vinpearl Safari Phú Quốc

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Registration and Accommodations

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The Conference will be held at the Vinpearl Convention Center Phú Quốc, Bai Dai Area, Ganh Dau Commune, Phú Quốc, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam. Registration fees are as follows:

Members: US$ 250.00

Non-Members: US$ 350.00

Register through this form. You can either pay during the conference, or through bank transfer by depositing your registration fee to the following account:

Name Kien Giang Branch - Vinpearl Joint Stock Company
Bank account 19133044158990
Bank name Vietnam Technological and Commercial Joint Stock Bank
Address 191 Ba Trieu, Le Dai Hanh Ward, Hai Ba Trung District, Ha Noi
Swift code VTCBVNVX

Upon successful deposit, please take a photo or scan the deposit slip and send a copy to us via info@seaza.asia.

Accommodation options

Following are the hotels that will give special rates for participants of the 27th SEAZA Conference. Updates on rates and booking procedure will be posted as soon as possible.

  1. VinOasis Phú Quốc

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Tentative Program

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17 November 2019 (Sunday)
Time Activity
All Day Registration
15:00 Board Meeting
18:30 Cocktail Reception

Conference Proper

18 November 2019 (Monday)
Time Activity
08:00 - 09:00 Opening Ceremonies
09:00 - 09:30 Tea Break
09:30 - 12:00 Scientific Session
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 15:00 Scientific Session
15:00 - 15:30 Tea Break
15:30 - 17:00 Scientific Session
18:30 Welcome Dinner

19 November 2019 (Tuesday)
Time Activity
08:00 - 10:00 Scientific Session
10:00 - 10:30 Tea Break
10:30 - 12:00 Plenary
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 15:00 Workshops
15:00 - 15:30 Tea Break
15:30 - 18:00 Scientific Session

20 November 2019 (Wednesday)
Time Activity
08:00 - 10:00 Scientific Session
10:00 - 10:30 Tea Break
10:30 - 12:00 Plenary
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
14:00 - 16:00 Visit to Vinpearl Safari
16:00 - 17:30 General Assembly
18:00 Farewell Dinner

Post-Conference Workshop

Positive Reinforcement Training

21 November 2019



Gail Laule

Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Margaret Whittaker

Creative Animal Behavior Solutions

This day-long Workshop is designed for everyone working with animals – managers, veterinarians, supervisors, and keepers. Positive reinforcement training (PRT) is recognized as an important technique to enhance the care and welfare of all captive animals. Through the training process we gain the animals’ voluntary cooperation in a wide array of behavioral objectives, including training for:

  1. basic care and daily management;
  2. husbandry;
  3. medical procedures;
  4. enhancing social behavior;
  5. reducing aggression; and
  6. reducing abnormal and stereotypic behavior.

Through the use of skillfully applied PRT we can reduce stress and the use of physical restraint and anesthesia. Animals become less fearful, are engaged physically and mentally, and experience greater choice and control, all of which directly contribute to better welfare.

Specific Workshop Topics:
  • Introduction to Behavior Management
  • Operant conditioning overview
  • Positive reinforcement techniques - illustrated with demonstrations and video examples for a wide range of mammals, birds, and reptiles
  • Objectives of training – why we train animals
  • Basic tools of PRT
  • Beginning a PRT program
  • Desensitization and acclimation – reducing fear and discomfort
  • Socialization training – improving social interactions among animals and enhancing introductions
  • Reducing undesirable behaviors - including aggression towards humans and conspecifics, non-cooperation, abnormal and stereotypic behavior

The Workshop format includes lecture, discussion, demonstrations, and some fun activities for participants. All skills and techniques are focused on improving animal care and management to enhance welfare. The Workshop format is interactive, so be prepared to participate to make the experience as valuable and relevant to your own situation as possible!

Register to the Post-Conference Workshop through this form.

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First Call for Papers

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The Organizing Committee invites you to submit abstracts for possible presentation at the 27th SEAZA Conference.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15th October 2019.


  1. Topics
    • Husbandry and Zoo Veterinary Medicine
    • Marketing and Media
    • Education and Conservation
    • Zoo Design and Enrichment
    • Animal Welfare and Ethics
  1. Abstracts should be no more than 200 words and should be confined to one page including diagrams and graphs.
  2. Presentations should not be longer than 15 minutes with 5 additional minutes for questions.

Please email your abstracts in Word (.docx) format to Ms. Pham Diep Ngan at v.nganpd2@vinpearl.com.