2nd International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference

About the Conference


2nd International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference

Lincoln Park Zoo in partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Reintroduction Specialist Group (RSG) will host the 2nd International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference from November 13-16, 2018. Reintroduction biologists and managers from around the globe will convene again at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago to share information, triumphs and tribulations from experiences restoring wildlife back into the wild.

Many wildlife populations throughout the world are suffering dramatic declines in size or are already extirpated. Habitat loss and degradation and the consequences of climate change are likely to further reduce the survival of many species, disrupt their distributions and disturb ecological function. The 2nd International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference will bring together top experts in the field to focus on the evolving science of reintroduction and discuss “lessons learned”, identify scientific processes that improve effectiveness and build a culture of innovation of theoretical and applied research on wildlife reintroduction and other conservation translocations.

While there have been several high-profile successful reintroductions over the past decades including Puerto Rican parrots, California condors, black-footed ferrets, and golden lion tamarins, many reintroduction programs have been wrought with challenges. More than 40 speakers, including many notable wildlife experts will present new research findings to foster collaborations and improve the success rates of future reintroduction programs.  Providing this forum for current practitioners and students in wildlife reintroduction will allow a transfer of knowledge and further this field of study.