Monday, 25th August 2014
12:00 – 14:00 Arrival, ice breaker, friendly hugs, Hungarian palinka, snack bar
14:00 – 14:30 Welcome speech (László Gajdos, Director); Introduction (Dr. Endre Papp, Vice Director of Zoology), opening of the conference, snack bar
14:30 – 18:00 Guided tour in Sosto Zoo
18:00 – 20:00 Dinner
Tuesday, 26th August 2014
07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast
09:00 – 09:30 Captive elephants and their management in South Africa: What is a captive elephant? The South African scenario – Dr. Debbie Young (AERU)
09:40 – 10:10 Conservation of Bornean Elephant in Sabah-Malaysia – Dr. Cathrin Schröder (SOS Elephants Foundation)
10:20 – 10:40 Coffee break
10:40 – 11:10 Environmental enrichment for captive African elephants: Using elephant behavior to guide management and improve welfare – Dr. Debbie Young (AERU)
11:20 – 11:50 The African elephant’s situation in Europe – Dr. Harald Schwammer (EAZA African elephant EEP)
12:00 – 12:40 The current questions of the reproduction biology of African elephants: Captive elephant breeding - status quo – Dr. Imke Lüders (GEOlifes)
12:40 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Practical session in the African elephant house of Sosto Zoo: Ultrasound examination of an elephant cow; Application of behavioral enrichment tools in the treatment of a tusk problem; PC training of an elephant bull – Sosto Zoo Team
15:00 – 18:00 Informal discussions, Hungarian palinka, free programme
18:00 – 20:00 Dinner, surprise
Wednesday, 27th August 2014
07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast
09:00 – 09:30 Means of the treatment of the elephant hoof: Common foot problems in elephants. The development of an elephant net enabling veterinary procedures - Dr. Wolfgang Zenker (Tierarztpraxis Neuwiesen)
09:40 – 10:10 The current situation of Asian elephant keeping in Europe – Martin van Wees (EAZA Asian elephant EEP)
10:20 – 10:40 Coffee break
10:40 – 11:10 Current questions of elephant feeding – Dr. Andra Fidgett (Chester Zoo)
11:20 – 11:50 The relationship of elephants and humans: 50 years take care for elephants, from enthusiast HANDS ON to professional HANDS OFF – Marjo Hoedemaker (Dierenpark Amersfoort, MHEF)
11:50 – 12:20 Handling elephants by mahouts in Sri Lanka - correct or cruelty – Marjo Hoedemaker (Dierenpark Amersfoort, MHEF)
12:20 – 12:40 Buffet
12:40 – 13:40 Practical session in the Asian elephant house of Sosto Zoo: Application of the lectures’ messages in feeding, handling protocol and hoof management – Sosto Zoo Team
14:00 – 15:00 Lunch, farewell, hugs
The registration fee for the workshop period is 100€/person, including meals and buffets.
We are able to provide accommodation for the period of the workshop in two hotels.
A limited number of rooms are available in our own zoo hotel – Hotel Jungle –, for the price of 40€/night with breakfast. If
apart from the two workshop nights (25 and 26 August) accommodation is required for 27 August, too, we are only able to
provide it in this hotel.
In the other hotel – Bathing House Pension, 5 minutes walk from the zoo – we are able to provide accommodation for the
two nights of 25-26 August at a price of 50€/night with breakfast, also in a limited number.
Registration and bookings to these hotels can be arranged through Sosto Zoo, please contact Eva Zagata until 30 May 2014.
Participants registering after the deadline need to find accommodation in the city individually.
Registration is only possible for professionals. The official language of the workshop is English, but we are able to provide help in German, Hungarian, Polish and Russian language on demand.
Nyíregyházi Állatpark Nonprofit Kft .
4431 Sóstófürdő, Sóstói út, Hungary
Tel.: + 36 42 479 702, Fax: +36 42 402 031
The species was named after the German emperor Wilhelm II. In 1907 - when the Emperor tamarin was discovered - only killed specimens were known, and preparators formed the long, pendulous moustache upwards, as they assumed that the tip of the moustache sticks up just like the moustache of the German emperor. The mistake was only discovered a few years later when they also saw living specimens. However, the name Emperor „moustached” tamarin stuck to the species.
Emperor tamarins (Saguinus imperator) are small-bodied animals, they are only 25 cms long. They live in groups in the forests of Peru, Brazil and Bolivia, and they mostly move through higher trees. Due to their small size they are capable of climbing out to thinner branches, too.
They predominently feed on fruits, tree saps and nectar; they serve their protein demand with consuming insects.
The Emperor tamarins - which arrived from England - belong to the family of Callitrichidae. The members of this family are sometimes referred to as "clawed New World monkeys", they received this name as they have claw-like nails on all digits, except for the big toe of their hindlegs. These are needed since due to their tiny size marmosets and tamarins are not able to grasp branches with their toes, thus they cling to the bark of trees with their sharp nails.
Visitors can already have a look at the three moustached ladies in the Tropical House of our zoo. With the arrival of these specimens there are already four callitrichid species in Sóstó Zoo, apart from the Emperor tamarins there are white-fronted marmoset, cotton-top tamarin and white-lipped tamarin groups living in the zoo.