Research and

Yellow bellied-toad

Vandaag geopend: 10:00 – 16:00 uur

We are happy that we can offer you an exciting and divers programme for this sixth edition of the Research & Conservation Symposium.

It is also possible to arrive early at a set timeslot and explore the zoo. Please let us know through the poll you’ll receive in the confirmation email. At the end of the day we hope to welcome you at the network reception, where you can enjoy some food, drinks and good company!

Together we support conservation!
For our administration we would like to ask you to register your partaking. We ask an entrance fee of € 2,50 per person which will go to Gaia Nature Fund (non-refundable). This year the sum of the fees will go entirely to the conservation efforts for the endangered Barbary macaque in Morocco, more information will follow at the Symposium.

Programme Research and Conservation Symposium

27th of October 2023 at GaiaZOO Kerkrade

12:30 – 13:00
Registration at Gaia Event Center Brughofweg 25, enter via gate 3.

13:00 – 13:30
Opening Symposium by Thomas Remmits (GaiaZOO).

13:30 – 14:30
Keynote session: Yellow bellied-toad conservation in the Netherlands.

SHORT BREAK: Get your own barbary macaque merchandise!


15:00 – 15:20
Red river hog enclosure use – Nelson Venema (VHL Leeuwarden).

15:20 – 15:40
A longitudinal study monitoring castrated and intact western lowland gorillas in Dutch zoos (Gorilla gorilla gorilla): an update – Milena Vlot / Lisette van den Berg  (UU / Apenheul).

15:40 – 16:00
Distinguishing two types of swan geese by single nucleotide polymorphisms in the genotype of plume feathers – Nadya Alladin / Yvanna Nijlunsing / Lex Prins / Amber Swan-Taylor (HS Leiden).

SHORT BREAK: Get your own barbary macaque merchandise!

Barbary macaque conservation

16:30 – 16:50
“Infant or no infants: The impact of (non)breeding on welfare of captive Barbary Macaques (Macaca sylvanus)” – Sterre Kok (UU).

16:50 – 17:30
Barbary macaque conservation – Tjerk ter Meulen (ARTIS).

17:30 – 20:00
Network reception at Gaia Event Center.