ZSL Science & Conservation Events: Saving the tiger: innovation, tradition or both?

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Sumatran tiger at ZSL London Zoo © ZSL/James Godwin

When: 9 Oct 2012 – 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

Almost all large predators are now endangered and the tiger is particularly at risk due to rapid growth of both economic development and human population across Asia. With threats including habitat loss and killing of tigers both for their parts and in retaliation where tigers have killed livestock or people, the challenges are immense. Most tiger populations are fragmented, many smaller areas will soon vanish, and there is general agreement that protection of breeding habitat in and around national parks is an essential component of any tiger conservation strategy. More difficult are the questions of how best to achieve this, and of how to maintain sufficient forested connections to safeguard not only viable tiger populations but also vital ecosystem benefits for humans. This meeting will examine innovative approaches to long-term tiger conservation, ranging from the management of the world’s zoo tiger populations for maximum conservation support to the potential for “tiger-friendly carbon credits” – a possible sustainable funding mechanism in some habitat types.

Details of speakers and talk titles will be available late August

Further Information: please contact Megan Orpwood-Russell, Scientific Meetings Coordinator, Zoological Society of London, Regents Park, London NW1 4RY.
Tel: 44 (0)20 7449 6227. Fax: 44 (0)20 7449 6411. E-mail: megan.orpwood-russell@zsl.org.

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