25th SEAZA Conference

Celebrating Life!

Southeast Asian Zoos and Aquariums

Bringing Nature Closer to People

and People Closer to Nature

12 - 17 November 2017

Manila, Philippines

The 25th Conference of the Southeast Asian Zoos & Aquariums Association (SEAZA) was held from 12 to 15 November 2017 at the AG New World Manila Bay Hotel, City of Manila, Philippines, with post-conference activities held at Avilon Zoo in Rizal from 16-17 November 2017. The conference was hosted by the Philippine Zoos & Aquariums Association (PHILZOOS).

With the theme, “Celebrating Life! Southeast Asian Zoos & Aquariums Bringing Nature Closer to People and People Closer to Nature”, the 25th SEAZA Conference’s primary aim was to inspire and send a strong message of conservation – to highlight the important role of zoological institutions in the Southeast Asian Region as primary centers for wildlife and nature appreciation and the preservation of everything living.

In lieu of the conference website, this page contains links to the Book of Abstracts, oral and poster presentations, the Communiqué, and directory of participants.

Day 1: 13 November 2017

SEAZA from Bogor to Manila
Prof. Richard Tenaza
University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, USA

Sentience, Senescence, and Immortality
Mr. Bernard Harrison
Bernard Harrison and Friends Pte Ltd., Singapore

Legal Rights for Zoo Animals in Southeast Asia: The Future
Prof. Govindasamy Agoramoorthy
Tajen University, Taiwan

ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity
Dr. Filiberto A. Pollisco, Jr.
Programme Specialist for Conservation Policy and Research, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

Keynote Presentation 5
Dr. Angel C. Alcala
National Scientist; ASEAN Biodiversity Hero 2017
Silliman University, Dumaguete City, Philippines

In situ and ex situ conservation of the Philippine crocodile: How Zoos and the Mabuwaya Foundation collaborate in conserving the world’s rarest crocodile species
Ms. Marites G. Balbas
Whitley Fund for Nature Awardee
Operations Director, MABUWAYA Foundation, Isabela, Philippines

Philippine Eagle Foundation
Mr. Dennis J.I. Salvador
Executive Director, Philippine Eagle Foundation, Davao City, Philippines

ZOO-ming in on Spiders: Social Media Contributions to the Knowledge on Philippine Spiders
Dr. Aimee Lynn B. Dupo
Curator for Moths and Spiders, Museum of Natural History
University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines

Conserving Calaos: The Role of Zoos & Museums in Understanding Hornbill Speciation
Dr. Juan Carlos T. Gonzalez
Director, Museum of Natural History, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines

Television as an Important Tool in Veterinary & Conservation Education: the Born to Be Wild Experience
Dr. Nielsen B. Donato
Veterinarian and Host, “Born to Be Wild”, GMA Network

Day 2: 14 November 2017

Conservation Communication – influencing attitudes, knowledge, and behaviours
Ms. Lian Wilson
General Manager, Community Conservation and Learning, Zoos Victoria, Australia

Conservation and Captive Breeding of Philippine Hornbills: Its Potential & Mission
Pavel Hospodarsky
Semirara Mining & Power Corporation, Philippines

Reducing Human-Wildlife Conflicts: A Case from the Eastern Sarus Crane Reintroduction Program in Thailand
Nuchjaree Purchkoon
Zoological Park Organization, Bangkok, Thailand

Bali Zoo’s Role in Raising Awareness of Conservation through Fun Education, Internal & External
Ade Diah Safitri
Bali Zoo, Indonesia

Learning Outside School Program at Saigon Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Lê Văn Bình
Saigon Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Vietnam

Reptile Close Encounters: Developing New Engagement Opportunities for Guests
Borja Reh
Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Nutrition Affects the Gut Microbiome of Zoo-housed Primates: A New Understanding of Zoo Diets
Dr. Francis Cabana
Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Reproductive Cycle Studies and Monitoring of Pregnancy after Artificial Insemination of Asian Elephants in Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand
Chainarong Punkong
Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand

Conservation Breeding of Asian Songbirds at Jurong Bird Park Singapore: What is Captive Management Doing to Save Some of the World’s Most Threatened Passerines?
Manoj Kumar
Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Management & Breeding for Endemic Primates in Bali Zoo
I Wayan Pebriyana
Bali Zoo, Indonesia

Taman Safari Indonesia’s Efforts in Javan Banteng (Bos javanicus) Reintroduction to Baluran National Park, East Java, Indonesia
Sofyan Hakim Anang
Taman Safari Indonesia II Prigen, Indonesia

Conservation Efforts on Intensive Population Management, Research and Reintroduction for Protecting Endangered Eld’s Deer in Thailand
Dr. Ampika Thongphakdee
Wildlife Reproductive Innovation Center, Bureau of Conservation and Research, Zoological Park Organization, Thailand

Conservation education program on Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) in Kinmen
Wei-Jen Cheng
Taipei Zoo, Taiwan

Development of In Situ Conservation Activities at Wroclaw Zoo, Poland
Radoslaw Ratajszczak
Wroclaw Zoo, Poland

Next Generation Genomics for Wildlife Management and Conservation
Dr. Agostinho Antunes
CIIMAR – Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto, Portugal

National Geographic Photo Ark: A Man’s Quest to Document All Animal Species Under Human Care
Pierre de Chabannes
National Geographic Society, USA

Do You Know Me? Animal Stamp Collecting Album
Hsuan-Chih Chuang
Kaohsiung Shou Shan Zoo, Taiwan

Snow Penguins of Ski Dubai
Eric John Novales
Ski Dubai, United Arab Emirates

South American Coati (Nasua nasua) as Ambassador Animal Species at Night Safari, Singapore
Nanthakumar Purushothaman
Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Up Close with Flighty Wallabies of the Night Safari
Cecilia Tang Hui Jun
Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Research Application of Fixed Press Band Technique for the Crooked Toes Treatment of Rheinhart’s Crested Argus (Rheinardia ocellata ocellata) hatched at Saigon Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Nguyễn Bá Phú
Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Vietnam

Tomistoma Restraint Capsule in Taipei Zoo
Wei-Yu Tai
Taipei Zoo, Taiwan

The Maintenance & Breeding of Dragon-Headed Katydids (Eumegalodon blanchardi)
Delvinder Kaur
Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Day 3: 15 November 2017

Happiness is a State of Mind – Empathy Based Behaviour Change to Improve Animal Welfare in Zoos and Aquariums
Georgina Allen
Projects Director, Wild Welfare

ZOO RECOVERY AFTER A NATURAL DISASTER: A Story from Gembira Loka Zoo, One Year Post-Cyclone Disaster
Josephine Vanda Tirtayani
Gembira Loka Zoo, Indonesia

Sustainable Coexistence of Cranes and People: The Organic Rice Farming Community in Areas with the Eastern Sarus Crane Reintroduction
Siriprapha Wannasiri
Bureau of Conservation and Research, Zoological Park Organization, Thailand

Conserving Indonesia’s Endemic Wildlife through Education & Research Focused Partnerships
Jansen Manansang
Taman Safari Indonesia Group, Indonesia

Building Bridges for Relevant Zoo Research and Management at the Avilon Zoo in Rodriguez, Rizal, Philippines
Dr. Leticia E. Afuang
Curator for Reptiles and Amphibians, Museum of Natural History
University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines

Incorporating Live Flora and Fauna in Exhibits at the UPLB Museum of Natural History, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
Dr. Juan Carlos T. Gonzalez
Director, Museum of Natural History
University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines

Ex Situ Snake Venom Extraction for Biomedical Applications
Daniel Albert E. Castillo
The Graduate School, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

Bioacoustics Analysis of Philippine Hornbills at the Avilon Zoo, Rizal, Philippines
Shari L. Guerra
Institute of Biological Sciences, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines

SEAZA Nutrition Network

Dr. Francis Cabana

SEAZA Species Management

Dr. Kanako Tomisawa