The IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group (TSG) and the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) have the pleasure to announce the upcoming Fifth International Tapir Symposium, which will be held at the Hotel Flamingo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 17 to 21 October, 2011.
The Fifth International Tapir Symposium will once again bring together a multi-faceted group of tapir experts, including field researchers, environmental educators, captivity specialists, academics, veterinarians, governmental authorities, politicians and other interested parties.
The conference includes 5 days of meetings, presentations and planning workshops, with a mid-conference field trip.
Contacts: Patrícia Medici, Chair, TSG firstname.lastname@example.org +55-67-3341-4897 +55-67-9965-6960
Carl Traeholt, Malaysian Tapir Coordinator, TSG email@example.com
The main objectives of the conference include:
1- Exchange and discussion of current data on field and captive studies through the presentation of papers, posters and keynote speeches by current tapir conservationists;
2- Opportunity to foster our global network of tapir researchers and supporters;
3- Revision of TSG Strategic Planning 2008-2010 developed and prioritized during the Fourth Symposium in Mexico, and evaluation of what has been accomplished in the past three years;
4- Development of the TSG Strategic Planning for 2011-2013, which will allow for the conference recommendations to be carried out, helping to direct the activities and initiatives of the TSG in the following three years until the next symposium;
5- Evaluation of the work of the TSG Action Plan Implementation Taskforce established in Mexico in 2008 with the main objective of overseeing and promoting the implementation of the IUCN/SSC Tapir Action Plan finalized in 2007;
6- Creation of committees made up of representative tapir conservationists who will develop and prioritize key research, conservation, management and financial issues affecting the plight of endangered tapir species worldwide.
The main partners on the organization of the Fifth International Tapir Symposium are the IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group (TSG), Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP), Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Tapir Taxon Advisory Group (TAG), European Association of Zoos & Aquaria (EAZA) Tapir Taxon Advisory Group (TAG), and Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark.