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ZSA Talk Programme

Speakers generally provide between 40-45 minutes of illustrated presentations on zoology, natural sciences and conservation related topics. Afterwards there is an opportunity to ask questions and to meet and talk over light refreshments.


Unless otherwise advertised;

6:30pm - 8:00pmGrasslands Room, Auckland Zoo
6:25pm sharpGrasslands Lecture Theatre, to the left of the Auckland Zoo shop, off Motions Road, Western Springs

Cost (per seminar)

FreeZSA Members and Auckland Zoo Staff
$5.00Auckland Zoo Volunteers, Senior Citizens and students with Student ID card
$10.00General Entry
(Door fee provides catering and donation for work of the Zoological Society of Auckland)

2017 Seminars

16th FebSiouxsie Wild, University of AucklandGlowing grubs & superbugs - when science & nature collide
16th MarchMoths & Butterly Trust of NZAn update on the forest ringlet & the impact of Lepidoptera on NZ's biodiversity
20th AprilKris Descovich, UnitecA study of sun bears in captivity - understanding the world's forgotten bear
18th MayOlive Andrews, Conservation InternationalWhale Tales: Natural history of whales in the Pacific 
15th JuneDave Towns, AUTAnd the world's largest temperate lizard fauna is... New Zealand
20th JulyJosie Galbraith, University of AucklandFeeding NZ's birds: benign pastime or backyard threat?
17th AugSonam Tashi Lama, Red Panda NetworkConserving the Red Panda in Nepal
21st SeptMatt Rayner, Auckland MuseumThe Auckland Museum Land Vertebrates Department
19th OctDr Krista Hupman, DOCUsing dolphin 'fingerprints' to examine abundance, site fidelity and movement of common dolphins
16th NovDr Richard Jakob-Hoff, Auckland ZooAuckland Zoo's Conservation College

2016 Seminars

18th FebTe RadarRadar’s Antarcticology
24th MarchAndrew Glaser, DOCWhio in Partnership
21st AprilLorne Roberts, UnitecStudents in the Lost World of Borneo 
19th MayLuis Ortiz-Catedral, Massey UniversityGreen bundles of magic: monitoring orange-fronted parakeets on NZ's islands 
16th JuneDan Godoy, Massey UniversityDinosaurs on our doorstep: marine turtles in NZ
21st JulyMegan Friesen, University of AucklandSeabird senses: the sensory perception and conservation of petrels
18th AugIan Fraser, Auckland Zoo Beyond the zoo gates - the growth of field conservation at Auckland Zoo
15th SeptVanessa Rowe, ZSA Grant recipientEnsuring tigers stay wild in Sumatra
20th OctKevin & Gill AdsheadOur journey to releasing kiwi at Mataia
17th NovSiouxsie Wiles, University of AucklandGlowing grubs & superbugs:when science & nature collide

2015 Seminars

16th JulyAndrew Coers, Auckland ZooSomething about elephants ... 
20th AugustSouth Pacific Animal Welfare, ZSA Grant RecipientsVeterinary Care, Tongan Style... Take 2 
15th OctoberRiley Eliot, University of AucklandHow including the public in current scientific research has helped the plight of sharks 
17th SeptemberEmma Cronin, Glenfern Sanctuary, Great Barrier IslandTaiko Across the Pacific - a remarkable endemic NZ bird
19th NovemberJoshua Guilbert (University of Auckland), Ben Paris (Auckland Council), Debra Searchfield (Auckland Zoo)Special Triple Bill: Batty about bats: captive care, monitoring and translocation

Click on topic title for information poster for each seminar.

Click here to download the 2015 seminar list.

2014 Seminars

19th FebruaryThe Bugman - Ruud KleinpasteThe value of life: Biodiversity, biomimicry and the worth of all things biological
6th March
Double Bill
Dave Houston
Our penguins - the ecology and conservation of NZ pernguins
Dr Karen Stockin
Massey University
Blubber science - mammalogy and its application in NZ waters
3rd AprilSteve HathawayNZ's story just got more spectacular - 93% of NZ's territory is an underwater wonderland 
1st MayCraig Knapp, Auckland ZooAuckland Zoo, Urban Ark
22nd MayLaura Harvey, ZSA Grant RecipientVeterinary Care: Tongan Style
12th JuneNicholas Malone, University of AucklandPrimatology and Anthropology: Lessons from the Field
17th JulyBruce Murdock, Auckland ZooHands on Cats
7th AugustDavid Mules, WWFReconnecting Northland - Restoration on a Grand Scale
28th AugustDarren Grover, Project Jonah Beached As!  Whale Rescue in New Zealand
25th SeptemberBruce Gooney, White Shark Conservation TrustChanges in Public Perception Toward the White Shark Over the Last 50 Years
16th OctoberJaqueline Beggs, University of AucklandChallenges for incorporating invertebrates into restoration projects
6th NovemberMick Clout, Kakapo TrustBird conservation in the last place on earth

Click on topic title for information poster for each seminar.

Click here to download 2014 seminar list.

2013 Seminars

21st FebruaryErin Ivory
Elephant Consultant at Franklin Zoo
Elephant Management; Past, Present and Future
21st MarchKim White
Co-founder Project Rambo
Life at a Chimpanzee Rescue Centre in Africa
18th AprilDr Emma Carroll
Post-doctoral fellow, University of Auckland
Maternally-directed fidelity shapes recovery and connectivity of Southern Right Whales
16th MayRichard Gibson
Curator, Auckland Zoo
There be dragons...
13th JuneMatt Maitland
Auckland Council
Carefully planned surprises - restoration of Tawharanui and Shakespear Open Sanctuaries
11th JulyChrissie Painting
University of Auckland
Sex, conflict and Sneaks; the evolution of weaponry and alternative mating tactics of the NZ Giraffe Weevil
20th AugustIneke Smets
Using falconry as a tool for captive management of raptors
19th SeptemberProf John Montgomery
University of Auckland
The brain behind the jaws - brain, behaviour and evolution in sharks
21st NovemberTamsin Orr-Walker
Kea Conservation Trust
150 years of persecution - will we ever be able to live with the kea?


2012 Seminars

16th FebruarySteve Hathaway and Dr Ingrid Visser
Marine double bill
Who Eats Sharks for Breakfast? - note later start (7.00pm) and finish (approx. 8.30pm)
21st MarchCath Nichols
Zoo keeper, Hamilton Zoo and ZSA Grant recipient
Project Rambo - Sharing Knowledge and Experience in Malaysia
26th AprilDr Robert Hoare
Landcare Research
Butterflies and Moths Around Auckland
23rd MaySusan Mills
Zoo keeper, Auckland Zoo
Conservation in Sumatra
14th JuneSarah Wells
PhD student, Massey University
Tui population dynamics and Genetic Diversity
25th JulyDr Bethany Jackson
Resident veterinarian, New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine
Naked Kakariki! What is causing feather loss in these vulnerable New Zealand parakeets?
16th AugustDr Karen Stockin
Lecturer, Massey University
The New Zealand Common Dolphin Project
5th SeptemberLauren Booth POSTPONED TO 2013
Zoo keeper, Auckland Zoo and ZSA Grant recipient
East meets West - Cultural exchange between Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park and Auckland Zoo
27th SeptemberDr David Pattemore
The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Ltd
Bats and Rats: the importance of mammals as pollinators in New Zealand forests
24th OctoberDr Todd Dennis
Lecturer, Auckland University
The spatialisation of animal behaviour: where are we now, and where are we going?

Click here to download 2012 seminar list.


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