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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;

6:15pm - 7:30pmGrasslands Room, Auckland Zoo
6:25pm sharp Grasslands 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)

2020 Seminars

5th MarKaren Stockin, Massey UniversitySOS: Save our Sciences, by Karen Stockin, Massey Uni
2nd AprCancelled due to Covid-19Cancelled due to Covid-19
7th MayCancelled due to Covid-19Cancelled due to Covid-19
4th JunMargaret Stanley, University of Auckland Wildlife in cities: how can we help?
Postponed due to Covid-19
2nd JulWesley Webb, Massey UniversityThe science of animal sounds
6th AugChantal Pagel, Responsible marine wildlife tourism in the era of social media
3rd SepEllery McNaughton, Auckland CouncilThe dark side of light: Impacts of artificial light on wildlife
1st OctWeihong Ji, Massey UniversityHuman wildlife conflicts: Patterns, consequences and drives
5th NovAmy Martin, University of AucklandResilience of pollinators against orchid sexual deceit
3rd DecKathryn Murphy, Trinity College, DublinLions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Human-Animal Relations in Ancient Roman Spectacles

2019 Seminars

17th JanPaul and Stephanie de Montille, D.A.R.TWild animal rescue in Hwange National Park
21st FebArt Polkanov, DOCPost-pest eradication reptile recovery on Rangitoto-Motutapu
21st MarAmy RobbinsThe Sumatran Ranger Project
18th AprChrissy Painting, University of AucklandLittle creatures with big guns: Sexual selection in arthropods
16th MayChris Longson, EcoQuestHochstetter's Frog and the benefits of intensive pest control
20th JunMonica Lake, Auckland ZooCreating Auckland’s Zoo’s South East Asia Jungle Track
18th JulChristine Rose, World Animal ProtectionThe Work of World Animal Protection
15th AugGiverny ForbesLiving with Leopard Seals
19th SepRichard Gibson, Auckland ZooWild Work – beyond the boundary of Auckland Zoo
17th OctCarol & Colin BeddowA history of the kiwi at Mataia
21st NovElizabeth Bell, Birds NZThe real 'All Blacks’ story – 23 yrs of monitoring black petrel

2018 Seminars

22nd FebEmma Pearce, Auckland ZooAuckland Zoo's charming cheetahs
8th MarchSteve Hathaway and Jochen ZaeschmarSeaweek Special: Held at Owen Glenn Building at Auckland University. The adventure of a lifetime... filming NZ's false killer whales for Blue Planet II
19th AprilKristal Cain, University of AucklandFiery females:
form, function and fitness
17th MayJane Goodall Institute NZRoots & Shoots: Hope in Action
21st JuneCindy Baker, NIWAThe Secretive Life of Lamprey - The Living Fossil
19th JulySarah Quévit-PérinelleSaving endangered bird species in Mauritius Island
16th AugAmy RobbinsThe Sumatran Ranger Project
20th SeptTBCTBC
18th OctDan Godoy, Massey University & ZSA Grant Recipient The NZ Marine Turtle Research Project
15th NovAlison Wade, University of AucklandThe human-ape interface in an unprotected Cameroonian forest

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