4th Annual International African Painted Dog Conference

Painted Dogs Speaker Series

 

The Endangered Wolf Center is proud to host the 4th Annual International African Painted Dog Conference, May 11-14th, 2020 at Missouri Department of Conservation Powder Valley Conference Center. 

This conference brings together wildlife managers, biologists, conservationists and zoo professionals from around the world to enhance and improve the care of African painted dogs in managed care and to assist in field conservation in the wild.

African painted dogs are a vital species to ecosystem health, yet their numbers have dramatically declined across the African continent for the last several decades. The decline is due to poaching, accidental deaths (motor-vehicle strikes, caught in snares meant for other species, etc.), diseases transmitted by domestic dogs, habitat loss and lack of food resources.

The goal of this conference is to convene experts in the field with the focus of sharing knowledge, identifying conservation and research needs and working together to solve pressing issues to help save this endangered species.

 

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Early bird registration by April 9th, 2020 is $175 and $215 after April 20th, 2020. 

 

Airport

Saint Louis International Lambert Airport
10701 Lambert International Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63145
Code: STL
Phone: (314) 890-1333
https://www.flystl.com/

 

Hotel

Your hotel room also needs to be booked by April 9th to guarantee the group discount and room availability. If you need transportation to and from the conference, it can only be provided if you are staying at one of the three hotels listed below.

 

The two preferred hotels are:

Drury Inn

5 Lambert Drury Place 

Valley Park, MO 63088 

Phone: (636) 861-8300

Group room rate discount is under “African Painted Dog Conference” or group# 2396791  at $100 per night 

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Hampton Inn

9 Lambert Drury Place 

Drury Dr, Manchester, MO 63088 

Phone: (636) 529-9020 

Group room rate discount under “African Painted Dog Conference” at $118 per night

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If the above preferred hotels are booked, please use this hotel: 

Drury Inn

1088 S Hwy Dr, 

Fenton, MO 63026 

Phone: (636) 343-7822

Group room rate discount is under “African Painted Dog Conference” or group# 2396792

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Tentative Itinerary:

May 11th, 2020: 

11:30am-3pm Pre-conference tour at the Saint Louis Zoo: behind-the-scenes tour of the carnivore unit and Reproductive Management Center.

6pm-8:30pm – Icebreaker at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House 

May 12-13th, 2020:

International African Painted Dog Conference (being held in the Missouri Department of Conservation Powder Valley Conference Center)

May 14th, 2020: 

African Painted Dog Species Survival Plan Meeting (Location TBA)

May 15th, 2020:

Morning, time TBA: Post-conference tour

 

 

“The Center is honored to be chosen to host this prestigious conference,” stated Virginia Busch, the Endangered Wolf Center’s CEO. “A big part of our mission is to provide opportunities to share best practices, collaborate, and to encourage solution-driven methods to better conserve endangered canids.”

The Endangered Wolf Center has been part of the Association of Zoo’s and Aquarium’s African Painted Dog Species Survival Plan (SSP) since 2003. The Center’s Director of Animal Care and Conservation, Regina Mossotti, is a member of the African Painted Dog SSP Management Committee. The EWC recently celebrated two litters born in November 2018, just four days apart, totaling 23 pups.

In collaboration with Dr. Tammy Cloutier of Antioch University, the EWC conducted ground-breaking research on how nutrition affected pup development with these two litters. Not only does the Endangered Wolf Center assist with the breeding program and conduct research to grow the scientific community’s knowledge, the Center also assists conservation through public education programs. Through the EWC’s educational programs, including live webcams, the Center raises awareness to spur conservation action for this endangered species. 

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