By Sarah Klein
Conservation and research staff from the Assiniboine Park Zoo are hosting 1,500 wildlife professionals and students in Winnipeg for the Wildlife Society annual conference.
Delegates in the city will also tour the Journey to Churchill exhibit and the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre to learn about the wildlife research and polar bear conservation projects currently in progress.
“One of this year’s key conference themes ‘Why Does Wildlife Matter,’ ties directly to the conservation work we do here at the Zoo and also to the important messages we try to teach zoo visitors about wildlife sustainability,” said Dr. Stephen Petersen, the zoo’s head of conservation and research.
“It’s very exciting that this conference is taking place in Winnipeg and we’re so pleased to be a part of it.”
It’s the second time in 22 years that the conference has been held in Canada.
The Wildlife Society is an international association of wildlife professionals and students with more than 9,000 members in the U.S., Canada and around the world.
The conference wraps up on October 21.