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Thank you to everyone who participated in the First International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference. Your participation in the conference made this event a huge success. 210 participants from 31 countries attended two days of oral presentations and two poster sessions. This first conference generated interest in a Second International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference, which will likely be held in 2010 at a location to be determined. The IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group will be forming a conference committee to organize the Second International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference. Stay posted for updates about this upcoming conference.

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. An established conservation strategy to enhance the restoration of locally extinct populations is the reintroduction of zoo-bred and wild animals.

Because reintroduction programs can be expensive, complex and risky, it may not be surprising that few programs have claimed success. However, the development of innovative approaches and a new culture of reintroduction science should improve the probability of success.

This international wildlife conference will focus on the evolving field of reintroduction science. We will bring together the top experts in the field of reintroduction science who will:

  • Present “lessons learned” from past reintroductions
  • Identify scientific processes that improve effectiveness
  • Promote multiple approaches to the science of reintroduction
  • Build a culture of innovative theoretical and applied research on reintroductions

The Conference Organizing Committee invites you to participate in this exciting event.


  • Joanne Earnhardt, Ph.D., Director, Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology, Department of Conservation & Science, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Illinois, and Chair, Association of Zoos and Aquariums Reintroduction Scientific Advisory Group
  • Devra Kleiman, Ph.D., Zoo-Logic LLC, Chevy Chase, MD
  • Frederic Launay, Ph.D., Adviser for Environment to the Managing Director—Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and Chair, IUCN/SSC Reintroduction Specialist Group (RSG)

Steering Committee:

  • Phil Seddon, Ph.D., University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Mike Jordan, Chester Zoo, England
  • Francois Sarrazin, Ph.D., Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France