compassionate conservation

The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and the Born Free Foundation were delighted to host the Compassionate Conservation Symposium, at Lady Margaret Hall, a college closely associated with WildCRU at the University of Oxford.

The Symposium brought together scientists and practitioners from a range of disciplines to debate animal welfare issues in conservation, examine potential synergies, look for practical outcomes and promote a dialogue between these two disciplines that are often perceived as mutually exclusive.
The Symposium was organized around the following themes:

  • Animal welfare in field conservation
  • Captive animal welfare and conservation
  • Conservation consequences of wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release
  • International trade in live wild animals

Oral presentations (including PDFs of presentations where available):

Will Travers
Born Free Foundation
Compassionate conservation: unnecessary luxury or survival essential?
David Macdonald
Animal welfare in conservation: working towards a common goal
Carl Jones
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Challenges in managing behaviour in bird restoration projects
James Kirkwood
Dealing with interspecies conflicts in wildlife conservation: a Two-Rs approach
Sue Wilson
Tara Seal Research
Does the individual matter? A case study in Caspian seal conservation
Vaughan Monamy
Australian Catholic University
Hot-iron branding of seals and sea lions: weighing individual welfare against the common good
Joyce Poole
Elephants on the edge: the use and abuse of individuals and societies
Françoise Wemelsfelder
Scottish Agricultural College
The application of qualitative behaviour assessment to wild African elephants
Rudi van Aarde
University of Pretoria
Compassionate elephant conservation management
Diederik van Liere
CABWIM Consultancy
Wildlife management recognizing locally developed preferences in alternative nest site selection for rooks
Kristen Walker
University of British Columbia
Pain due to marking techniques used in conservation research
Grace Ge Gabriel
They belong in the sky - practicing animal welfare in wildlife conservation in China
Marc Bekoff
University of Colorado
First do no harm: hamsters, ferrets, and killing in the name of conservation
Samantha Bremner-Harrison
Nottingham Trent University
Using personality of individuals as a means of improving reintroduction success
Ron Swaisgood
San Diego Zoo
Two rights shouldn't make a wrong: behavioural research can make conservation- and welfare-motivated reintroductions more successful
Chris Parsons
George Mason University
SHILAS (Species of Human Intelligence Level and Awareness of Self) and environmental law - a dolphin case study
Elizabeth Oriel
Antioch University
Individual striving as an ingredient of wellbeing: human-centred studies shed light on animal wellbeing
Henk Bertschinger
University of Pretoria / HSI
Immunocontrol of reproductive rate in African elephants with porcine zona pellucida vaccine
Paul Koene
University of Wageningen
Dedomestication and reintroduction: from the animal's point of view
Anna Nekaris
Oxford Brookes University
Traditional use of slow lorises and in Cambodia: an impediment for their conservation
Adam Grogan
Wildlife rehabilitation as a model for reintroductions
Ian Redmond
Respect: a trimate legacy
Stuart Harrop
DICE, University of Kent
International wild animal welfare and future directions
Ronald Orenstein
Compassionate conservation codified: the humane treatment provisions of CITES
Vincent Nijman
Oxford Brookes University
The role of Thailand in the international trade in live CITES-listed reptiles and amphibians
David van Gennep
Dealing with the consequences of illegal wildlife trade: a model for a holistic approach
Camilla Fox
Project Coyote / AWI
The Marin County Strategic Plan for Protection of Livestock & Wildlife: an alternative to traditional predator control in the US
Dror Ben-Ami
Kangaroo harvesting: do the means justify the end?
Bidda Jones
RSPCA Australia
Convergence or conflict? Improving the humaneness of wildlife management in Australia
Ann Cheater
University of South Africa
Sustainable utilization and animal welfare conflicts regarding permissible wildlife uses in South Africa
Sophie Adwick
Wildlife trade - a conservation conundrum
Cathy Williamson
International trade in live cetaceans
Brooke Aldrich
Wild Futures
The UK primate pet trade: an overview
Mandy Lombard
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
How to pass the buck: legislation for conservation versus wildlife welfare in South Africa
David Fraser
University of British Columbia
Toward a synthesis of animal welfare, animal ethics and conservation
Kate Evans
Elephants for Africa
Conservation and welfare implications of releasing captive raised African elephants
Ros Clubb
Ethical dilemmas in using captive populations for conservation
Georgia Mason
University of Guelph
Species differences in stress reactivity, and their relevance for conservation and captive welfare
Ron Kagan
Detroit Zoological Society
Zoo challenges and the Center for Zoo Animal Welfare
Howard Curzer
Texas Tech University
Principles of animal, environmental, and ecological research ethics: philosophical foundations and extensions of the Three R's
Michelle du Toit
Port Elizabeth Museum
Captive African penguin populations: their contribution to conservation
Neil D'Cruze
Dancing bears in India: application of a sustainable livelihoods approach
Gidona Goodman
University of Edinburgh
The role of the veterinarian in conservation and welfare

Scientific Committee:
Rob Atkinson, RSPCA
Chris Draper, Born Free Foundation
David Macdonald, WildCRU
Fiona Matthews, University of Exeter
Claudio Sillero, WildCRU
Mark Stanley-Price, WildCRU
Will Travers, Born Free Foundation

About the Organisers:

The Born Free Foundation is an international wildlife charity working throughout the world to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species in the wild.

Founded in 1986, WildCRU was the first university-based conservation research unit in Europe.  WildCru's mission is to achieve practical solutions to conservation problems through original scientific research.