1. How zoos support education and field conservation: An example from Djibouti. 2. The status of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins off of Jeju Island

14:30–15:30 How zoos support education and field conservation – an example from Djibouti

After a short and general introduction to the role of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), a professional film will be presented to the audience.

The film gives an overview on environmental issues in Djibouti/Horn of Africa as a reason for a long-term project initiated and conducted in cooperation between Zoo Landau, Germany, the Djiboutian conservation NGO “Djibouti Nature” as well as further partners and stakeholders. The main objective of the project is to establish environmental education in primary schools in Djibouti. Special education material (a childrens’ workbook) has been developed dealing with birds and bird conservation in Djibouti. Special focus is put on the endemic Djibouti francolin (critically endangered according to IUCN red list) and its unique vanishing habitat, the Forêt du Day. Further intensive training workshops have been developed for Djiboutian primary school teachers to enable them to make best use of the education material, which has to be integrated into the running curriculum of schools in Djibouti.

The project has been acknowledged as an “Official project within the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014)” and further is WAZA branded project.

15:30–16:30 The status of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins off of Jeju Island

Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) are year-round residents in the coastal waters of Jeju Island, Korea. We have estimated the population size of the dolphins based on photo-identification data. A total population of 114 individuals (95% CI = 109-133) were estimated in 2009. Their population size is relatively lower compared with the other dolphin populations reported around the world. Nevertheless, the annual bycatch rate for T. aduncus was estimated at 7.9% in the study area between 2009 and 2010. To conserve the dolphins, a long term survey is required to monitor their population fluctuations and a plan for bycatch reduction is needed. This session will focus on the results of a poster that will be displayed in the Species Pavilion that will outline the research taking place on this species. The authors of the poster are as follows: Hyun Woo Kim1, Zang Geun Kim2, Seok-Gwan Choi2, Yong-Rock An1, and Du Hae An1. Authors: 1. Cetacean Research Institute, National Fisheries Reserch and Development Institute, Ulsan, 680-050, Korea
2. Fisheries Resources Research Division, National Fisheries Reserch and Development Institute, Busan 619-705, Korea. There will also be a poster at the session called "Population status of Indo-Pacifique bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops aduncus, in the Solomon Islands and assessment of live-capture sustainability" Authors: M. Oremus, J. Leqata, J. Hurutarau, S. Taei, M. Donoghue, K. Thompson, and C.S. Baker

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