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    2019. 01. 08.


    Dear Invitee!


    It is with great pleasure, that we announce the 2019 Elasmo Meeting hosted by Sosto Zoo - Hungary, kindly offered for aquarium curators and veterinarians, promoting the sharing of knowledge on husbandry and health management topics.  



    14-18 April 2019



    Nyíregyházi Állatpark Nonprofit Kft.  (Sosto Zoo)

    Nyíregyháza 4431, Hungary | www.sostozoo.hu)



    Attila Varga MSc

    Zoologist and Curator of  Aquarium-Terrarium and Marine Mammal Department


    Endre Akos Papp DVM

    Vice Director of Zoology


    Phone: +3642479701 

    Fax: +3642402031   

    e-mail: elasmomeeting@sostozoo.hu



    Sunday, 14th of April 2019

    Location: Hotel Pangea 

    13:00-16:00 Zoo Visit

    16:00 Registration (Hotel Pangea)

    18:00-20:00 Icebreaker



    Monday, 15th of April 2019

    Location: Hotel Pangea 

     Session 1 - Anatomy, physiology, connections and interactions between the fish and its physical and chemical environment Nuno Pereira, Max Janse, Steven Bitter

    08:30 – 10:00 Husbandry considerations in the mirror of the anatomy and physiology of the elasmobranch species

    10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break

    10:30 – 11:15 Iodine and goiter - goitrogenic agents in captive environment

    11:15 – 12:00 Setting up an elasmobranch exhibit

    12:00 – 14:00 Lunch


    Session 2 – Nutrition Max Janse, Natalie D. Mylniczenko

    14:00 – 15:30 Nutrition and feeding ecology of elasmobranch species

    15:30 – 16:30 Nutritional diseases and management

    16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break


     Session 3 – Diseases, body condition scoring – Tania Monreal Pawlowsky, Max Janse

    17:00 – 19:00 Relevant diseases of elasmobranchs in managed care, pharmacological considerations 


    Tuesday, 16th of April 2019

    Location: Hotel Pangea, Green Pyramid Aquarium of Sosto Zoo 

     08:30 – 09:15 Usage of body condition score in husbandry practice


      Session 4 – Reproduction, sustainable management of collections in managed care – Max Janse, Alexis Lécu, João Correia

    09:15 – 10:45 Breeding and veterinary reproduction management of elasmobranchs

    10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break

    11:00 – 12:00 Sustainable aquarium management – legal and ethical criteria for acquisitions, breeding in managed care and collaborative population management programs


     Session 5 - Behavior, environmental enrichment, training, diagnostic techniques – Natalie D. Mylniczenko, Tania Monreal Pawlowsky

    12:00 – 14:00 Lunch

    14:00 – 15:00 Stress in managed care and in wild elasmobranchs

    15:00 – 16:00 Diagnostic, imaging, sampling techniques - the opportunities of behavioral enrichment and training in the health management

    16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break


    Practical Session I – Pathology

     16:30 – 18:30 Demonstrative dissection – focus on the anatomical background of imaging and sampling techniques and the administration of medications


    Wednesday, 17th of April 2019

    Location: Hotel Pangea, Green Pyramid Aquarium of Sosto Zoo

      Session 7 – Handling, capture, translocation – Alexis Lécu, Natalie D. Mylniczenko, João Correia

    08:30 – 10:00 Veterinary considerations of analgesia, anesthesia and chemical immobilization

    10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break

    10:00 – 12:00 Handling and translocation of elasmobranchs

    12:00 – 14:00 Lunch

     Session 8 – Panel discussion

    14:00 – 15:00 Share your own case! - Interesting cases, open questions, notable experiences to be presented by the participants.

    15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break


    Practical session II – Capture and anesthesia

     15:30 – 18:30 Capture and anesthesia practice

    20:00 – 22:00 Farewell dinner




    Lectures delivered by: 

     Alexis Lécu DECZM (ZHM)

    Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle

    João Correia PhD

    Flying Sharks

    Max Janse

    Koninklijke Burgers’ Zoo

    Natalie D. Mylniczenko DVM, MS, DACZM

    Disney's Animals, Science & Environment

    Nuno Pereira DVM

    Oceanário de Lisboa

     Steve Bitter

    Senior Development Curator – SEA LIFE New Openings

    Tania Monreal Pawlowsky MRCVS Lic Vet

    International Zoo Veterinary Group

    Dr. Susan M. Thornton BSc

    BVetMed MRCVS



    Pangea Hotel - Sosto Zoo 

    15 Blaha Lujza sétány, Nyíregyháza 4431, Hungary | www.pangeahotel.hu


    Registration fee:


    (including scientific meetings, ice breaker, coffee breaks, two meals per day, farewell dinner)

    Please be aware that there is no cancellation possibility. The amount paid for the workshop is to cover the costs. The money will not be transferred back to you in case you cannot attend.



    Please contact elasmomeeting@sostozoo.hu for application form.


    Fees are payable to Sosto Zoo/ Nyíregyházi Állatpark Nonprofit Kft. using a bank transfer, against the proforma invoice, sent upon the preliminary acceptation of the application. The final acceptance of the applications will be confirmed in the order of the registration fees received by the organizer.


    The capacity of the venues is limited, applications exceeding the capacity may be refused.



    Pangea Hotel**** - Sosto Zoo

    15 Blaha Lujza sétány, Nyíregyháza 4431, Hungary

    Tel: +36 (20) 489 8921 | www.pangeahotel.hu


    single room: €105/day (breakfast incl.)

    double/twin room: €125/day (breakfast incl.)


    Hotel Dzsungel** – Sosto Zoo

    15 Blaha Lujza sétány, Nyíregyháza 4431, Hungary

    Tel: +36 (42) 479 710 | www.hoteldzsungel.hu


    single room: €93/day (breakfast incl.)

    double/twin room: €115/day (breakfast incl.)


    Travel  information: 

    Click here!!!



    Practical information:

    Sosto Zoo is committed to lowering its carbon footprint and supports carbon offset activities, Smart Events® mobile application will be offered by the organizer to decrease the amount of printed materials throughout the whole event.



     Thank you for your attendance!