2nd International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference



Over the course of three days in November 2018, Lincoln Park Zoo in partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Reintroduction Specialist Group (RSG) will host nine themed sessions, showcasing 50 speakers sharing information, triumphs and tribulations from experiences restoring wildlife back into the wild.

Conference check will be available at Registration Desk in Café Brauer, Lincoln Park Zoo starting Tuesday November 13th and will available throughout the conference from 7:30-17:30.


TimeSession TopicSpeaker Talk Title
Tuesday November 13
13:00-18:00 Conference Registration opens at Cafe Brauer
17:30-19:30 Pre-conference Ice Breaker Reception at Small-mammal Reptile House
Wednesday November 14
7:00-8:00 Conference check in opens, and light breakfast will be available at Cafe Brauer
8:00-8:10 Welcoming remarks
8:10-8:40 Plenary: Mark Stanley Price "Our future Nature: will reintroduction play a constructive role in it?"
8:40-9:10 Coffee Break, static poster presentations from:
Debbie Fogell
Julie Heinrich
Zymantas Morkvenas
Rachel Kingsley
9:10-11:40 Session 1: Decision-Making in the Face of Uncertainty Keynote: Sarah Converse "Reintroductions and uncertainty: avoiding paralysis"
Thomas White"Improving reintroduction planning and implementation through quantitative SWOT analysis"
Stefano Canessa"Simple adaptive management for moving little toads"
Julie Sherman"Ape reintroduction: Addressing misconceptions through methodology development and technical advisory resources"
Natasha Lloyd"Optimizing release strategies: a stepping-stone approach to reintroduction"
Paige Howorth"The Boom and Bust Butterfly: Finding a Way for the Quino Checkerspot"
François Sarrazin"Sharing translocations outputs: toward a webdatabase on Conservation Translocations of Flora and Fauna in the Western Paleartic"
11:40-13:00 Lunch available at Park Place Cafe
13:00-15:10 Session 2a: Demographic Studies Keynote: Doug Armstrong "Predicting the fates of reintroduced populations"
Jean-Baptiste Mihoub"Assessing progress toward success of local reintroductions within a metapopulation: the example of the Bearded vulture restoration in Southern France"
Debra Shier"Using multidisciplinary research in behavior, ecology, physiology and genetics to develop a translocation model for the endangered Stephens' kangaroo rat"
Lucy Clive"The effect of admixture on F1 generation fitness: population augmentation of an endangered lizard"
Alexandre Garnier"The reintroduction of the Spanish ibex (Capra pyrenaica) in the French Pyrenees, after a century of absence: first assessment and spatial behavior"
Elizabeth Parlato"Predicting reintroduction outcomes for highly vulnerable species using data from multiple sites and species"
15:10-15:40 Coffee Break, static poster presentations from:
Bushra Rakha
Emily Jordan
Gary Slater
Hanna Mounce
15:40-17:30 Session 2b: Multi-species Keynote: Carl Jones “Restoring lost and damaged island ecosystems, the role of reintroductions”
Sebastián Di Martino"Multispecies reintroduction approach to restore the big herbivores, frugivores and carnivores in the Iberá Wetlands ecosystem (Corrientes, Argentina)"
Leah Kemp"Multi-species, multi-site - opportunities, limitations and challenges in threatened fauna reintroductions programs"
James Gibbs"Reintroductions to restore a species complex: the science-based future of giant tortoise restoration in Galapagos"
Kevin Parker"Beyond single species - planning multi-species conservation translocations for ecological restoration"
17:30-17:35 Announcement
17:35-20:00 Poster Session Night 1 at Regenstein Center for African Apes
Thursday November 15
7:00-8:00 Conference check in opens, and light breakfast will be available at Cafe Brauer
7:20-7:50 Viewing of Oryx--Back to the Wild
8:00-8:10 Notices and housekeeping
8:10-8:40 Plenary: Richard Hobbs “Restoration ecology and reintroductions”
8:40-9:10 Coffee Break, static poster presentations from:
Catharina Kreischer
Javier Romero
Joyce Maschinski
Pedro Mittelman
9:10-11:40 Session 3: Ecosystems Keynote: Sarah Dalrymple "Everything is connected: ecosystem functioning as a rationale for, and to improve the effectiveness of, conservation translocations"
Bryony Palmer"A digger's gotta dig: assessing the impacts of reintroducing digging mammals in Australia"
John Bender"Determining seed dispersal services by avian frugivores to guide rewilding efforts"
Blake Klocke"Reintroduction efforts for two species of Panamanian Harlequin frogs (Atelopus sp.) threatened by amphibian chytrid fungus"
Colleen Crill"Reintroducing flagship and keystone species to restore North Central Montana's mixed grass prairie ecosystem"
Marcelo Rheingantz"Refaunating the Brazilian Atlantic Forest to restore lost ecological interactions"
Saul Cowen"Returning to 1616 - the ecological restoration of Western Australia's largest island"
11:40-13:00 Lunch available at Park Place Cafe
13:00-15:10 Session 4: The Broader Context of Reintroduction Keynote: Ignacio Jiménez-Pérez "Achieving political and social support for reintroductions: a communications framework"
Tania Gilbert"Thirty years of scimitar-horned oryx reintroductions in Tunisia: born to re-wild?"
Michael Mace"California condor - back from the brink of extinction"
Tony King"Can captive zoo populations play a role in primate reintroductions?"
Lea Randall"Translocations as a tool to mitigate development impacts: conservation or cosmetic surgery for species at-risk?"
Pete Gober"Adapting to the black-footed ferret reintroduction reality"
15:10-15:40 Coffee Break, static poster presentations from:
Karin Schwartz
Stesha Pasachnik
Shifra Goldenberg
15:40-17:00 Session 4: The Broader Context of Reintroduction (cont.) David Jachowski "Improving success in working reintroduction landscapes: How changing socio-political dynamics support multi-species restoration in the Northern Great Plains"
Tara Chestnut"Cultural competence in conservation biology: a case study by the Washington Cascades Fisher restoration team"
Duncan Sutherland"Implementing trial translocations for community engagement to support releases to large inhabited islands"
Martin Gaywood"Conservation Translocations in Scotland - People and Species"
17:00-17:15 End of Day Announcements/Other Announcements
17:30-20:00 Poster Session Night 2 at Regenstein Center for African Apes
Friday November 16
7:00-8:00 Conference check in opens, and light breakfast will be available at Cafe Brauer
8:00-8:10 Notices and housekeeping
8:10-8:40 Plenary: Alienor Chauvenet "Overview of challenges and opportunities for future conservation translocations"
8:40-9:10 Coffee Break
9:10-11:40 Session 5a: Future Opportunities Keynote: John Ewen "Future opportunities: how our science can best support conservation translocations"
Katherine Moseby"Does individual variation in physical or behavioural traits significantly affect reintroduction success?"
Ox Lennon"Mitigation translocations as an opportunity for conservation"
Alison Greggor"Using tools from animal behavior and learning to help save the 'Alalā"
Thomas Gray"Returning Cambodia's roar: tigers and other re-wildling opportunities in South East Asia"
Thomas Abeli"The challenge of plant de-extinction: an overview"
Samantha Bremner-Harrison"Utilising individual personality differences to develop reintroduction strategies"
11:40-13:00 Lunch available at Park Place Cafe
13:00-15:10 Session 5b: Future Opportunities (cont.) Keynote: Phil Seddon "Synthetic Biology and Reintroductions: Implications for Conservation Translocations"
Carolyn Hogg"The future is here - the benefits of genetic tools in translocations!"
Lisa Faust"Applying ex situ population management tools to reintroduction programs"
Thomas Maloney"Genetic rescue of black-footed ferret from conservation reliance"
Stephanie Galla"Choosing the best individuals for pairing in conservation translocation breeding programmes: a Proof of Concept in a critically endangered New Zealand bird"
Tammy Steeves"Critical first steps towards building resilience in two threatened New Zealand freshwater endemics"
15:10-15:40 Coffee Break
15:40-17:00 Session 6: Future Actions Keynote: Axel Moehrenschlager "Future opportunities for conservation translocation actions around the globe"
Sarah Converse
Vivek Manon
Mike Philips
Jon Paul Rodriguez
Panel Discussion:
"How can we best increase effective conservation translocations around the world?"
17:00-17:20 Closing Remarks: François Sarrazin
17:20-17:35 Final Announcement of Next Conference & Closing Remarks