Sunday, May 23, 1999

Conference boosts endangered beasts


Scientists from 24 nations gather here

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        If you don't know about the breeding habits of black-footed ferret, red-breasted geese, crocodiles, house mice or the in vitro production of tiger embryos and many other wild animals, now is your chance to learn.

        Poster presentations, lectures and speeches start today23 at the Seventh World Conference on breeding endangered species.

        The conference opens at 8:30 a.m in the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center with a keynote address by Dr. William Conway, president of the Wildlife Conversation Society in New York City.

        “The conference is an effort to link what is happening in the field in conservation with captive propagation of species,” Dr. Conway said.

        He said there are many domestic animals that are spreading diseases to wild animals.

        He said he was amazed at the level of ignorance about how wildlife is being destroyed.

        “There are some animals that are so culturally important that we need to start a global campaign to prevent their extinction,” he said.

        There will be 39 poster presentations about breeding endangered species on display during the conference.

        Barbara Rish, manager of media relations for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, said 24 countries will be represented by some of the leading experts in wildlife conservation.

        “There will be weeklong presentations of lectures and speeches on wildlife conservation and propagation of endangered species,” Ms. Rish said.

        Under Dr. Conway's direction, the Wildlife Conservation Society operates the Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation park, New York Aquarium, wildlife centers in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn and the Wildlife Survival Center in Georgia.

        He has written more than 200 articles and reports on ecology and wildlife conservation, conservation education, ornithology, and wild animal care and propagation.

       



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