International Wild Equid Conference
18-22 September 2012
University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria
WE THANK ALL PARTICIPANTS FOR COMING AND HELPING TO MAKE THE CONFERENCE A SUCCESS!
The Research in Mongolia Slideshow that was shown during the Public Evening Event “20 years Przewalski’s horse reintroduction in Mongolia” on 18 September 2012 can now be downloaded or viewed here [Link 1].
Photos of the conference are available for viewing and download from a Flickr web album [Link 2] we have created for this purpose until 25 March 2013 (thereafter the Flickr account created for this will expire).
To download a digital version of the Book of Abstracts, click here [Link 3] (4MB).
The 2012 International Wild Equid Conference was a meeting of scientists, managers, and wildlife professionals that are actively working on issues of equid conservation and management throughout the world. Wild equids continue to face decline globally and this meeting will provide a platform for engaging professionals in constructive discussion, collaborative conservation action, and stimulating innovative approaches to conservation and management. In contrast, feral horse populations continue to increase rapidly and often compete with native wildlife, including wild equids, and innovative tools are needed to estimate abundance and control population growth rates. Topics of this meeting included ecology of wild equids, equid-human conflict, genetics, equine disease, abundance estimation, conservation of small populations, management of overabundant populations, and wild equid re-introductions.
The four day conference consisted of 3 days of intensive scientific program. Each day was sparked by a key note lecture :
- Daniel I. Rubenstein [Link 4], Princeton University: Ecological niches and strategies of the different equid species
- Joel Berger [Link 5], WCS and University of Montana: Equids within the context of landscape level conservation
- Sandra L. Olsen [Link 6], Carnegie Museum of Natural History: The cultural perspective of the human-equid relationship
A rich social program allowed participants to interact and discuss more casually while enjoying Vienna’s century old history. A mid conference field trip took participants to beautiful Lake Neusiedl National Park, located along the shore of Austria’s largest and Europe’s westernmost steppe lake. Famous for its rich bird and amphibian life, the NP also houses a group of semi-wild Przewalski’s horses.
Program [Link 7]
The International Wild Equid Conference was certified according to the guidelines for the Green Meetings [Link 8]eco-label.