PROGRAMME

DAY 0 (SUN September 1st)

11:00 - 18:00 Registration opened at the T building

12:00 - 18:00 Free entry to the Prague Zoo (for registered participants only)

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch for Equid Specialist Group members only

13:30 - 17:00 Equid Specialist Group - closed meeting

18:00 - 22:00 Icebreaker in Prague Zoo (for registered participants only)


DAY 1 (MON September 2nd)

8:00 - 18:00 Registration opened

8:45 - 9:30 Opening ceremony

9:40 - 10:40 Plenary talk - Morris Gosling - Population ecology and conservation of Hartmann's mountain zebra

10:40 - 11:00 Coffee break

Behavioural Ecology I (moderated by Patricia Moehlman)

11:00 - 11:20 Martina Burnik Šturm - Dietary behaviour of three sympatric equid species in the Dzungarian Gobi - past and present

11:20 - 11:40 Battogtokh Nasanbat - Mongolian wild ass (Equus hemionus hemionus) water use patterns and interactions with other large mammals in the Gobi Desert

11:40 - 12:00 Amos Bouskila - Space-use patterns of the Asiatic wild ass (Equus hemionus)

12:00 - 12:20 Enkhbayar Jagdag - Movement and space use of Przewalski's horses in Hustai National Park, Mongolia

12:20 - 12:40 Laura Lagos Abarzuza - Insights into spatial ecology and vegetation use of Galician wild ponies: implications for the conservation of priority wet heathlands and peatlands.

12:40 - 13:00 Susane Shultz - Social networks in Carneddau ponies: exploring stability, flexibility and the impact of perturbations

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

Behavioural Ecology II (moderated by Albano Beja-Pereira)

14:00 - 14:20 Patricia Moehlman - Comparative behavior and mating systems of African wild ass (Equus africanus) and feral donkeys (Equus asinus) in arid and mesic habitats

14:20 - 14:40 Francesca Parrini - Do zebra shape resource and community level interactions within a grazing guild?

Diseases

14:40 - 15:00 Jocelyn Poissant - Development and application of a non-invasive DNA metabarcoding assay to characterize complex parasitic strongyle infections in equids

15:00 - 15:20 Amy McLean - Survey of serum amyloid A and pathogen frequency in recently captured feral donkeys in Death Valley National Park, California USA

15:20 - 15:40 Luna Gutiérrez Cepeda - The Darwinian adaptation of the equine intestine vascular network to Strongylus vulgaris

15:40 - 16:00 Erin Goodrich - A serosurvey for selected pathogens in feral burros from Death Valley National Park, California, USA

16:00 - 16:20 Coffee break

16:00 - 17:00 Poster Session

Behavioural Ecology III (moderated by Wayne Linklater)

17:00 - 17:20 Sarah King - Social system shapes differences in social behaviors of equids

17:20 - 17:40 Ariel Altman - Internal and external effects on grouping of a fission-fusion society of female Asiatic wild asses (Equus hemionus) in the Negev desert, Israel

17:40 - 18:00 Lucy Rees - Anti-predator defence behaviour in feral horses

18:00 - 18:30 Maneless zebra session


DAY 2 (TUE September 3th)

8:00 - 18:00 Registration opened

9:00 - 10:00 Plenary talk - Wayne Linklater - A future with equids - our culture, values and reconciliation science

Behavioural Ecology IV (moderated by Sarah King)

10:00 - 10:20 Jan Pluháček - Overmarking by adult females in four equid species serves to strengthen the social bonds and to support group cohesion

10:20 - 10:40 Hannah Davie - Relationships between reproductive state and social connections in reintroduced takhi (Przewalski's horse: Equus ferus przewalskii) family groups in Mongolia

10:40 - 11:00 Dan Rubenstein - The causes and consequences of zebra hybrids

11:00 - 11:20 Coffee break

Behavioural Ecology V (moderated by Jan Pluháček)

11:20 - 11:40 Kate Schoeneker - Distribution and movement of feral burro populations in different habitat types

11:40 - 12:00 Redae Teclai Tesfai - Key resource competition threatens viability of the critically endangered African wild ass (Equus africanus) population on Messir Plateau (Eritrea)

Conservation (moderated by Jan Pluháček)

12:00 - 12:20 Yash Veer Bhatnagar - Kiang conservation in India: A landscape approach

12:20 - 12:40 John D. C. Linnell - Reintroduction, persistence and local extinction of central Asian kulan in Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan

12:40 - 13:00 Jaroslav Šimek - Return of the wild horses - reintroduction of Przewalski's Horses from Europe to Western Mongolia

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 18:00 Excursion to the Prague Zoo (guided tours behind the scene)

19:00 - 24:00 Conference dinner & Party in Hotel Galaxie


DAY 3 (WED September4 th)

9:00 - 10:00 Plenary talk - Albano Beja-Pereira - Population Genetics of the Wild Asses

Population dynamics, population viability, and population estimation (moderated by Kate Schoenecker)

10:00 - 10:20 Sheila Funnell - Warriors using SMART to monitor endangered Grevy's zebra in northern Kenya

10:20 - 10:40 Timothy Kaaria - Population performance of the endangered Grevy's zebra (Equus grevyi) on the Lewa - Borana Landscape, Meru, Kenya

10:40 - 11:00 Peter Gogan - Causes of mortality, survival rates and reproductive patterns in plains zebra in the Serengeti Region, Tanzania

11:00 - 11:20 Coffee break

Population dynamics, population viability, and population estimation (moderated by Lee Boyd)

11:20 - 11:40 Philip D. Mcloughlin - Social environmental effects on dispersal success and sex differences in survival drives adult sex-ratio bias in feral horses

11:40 - 12:00 Viola Kerekes - Demographical changes in the Hungarian Przewalski horse population during the first 20 years of the project

12:00 - 12:20 Jake Britnell - Can gut health provide a mechanistic link between diet and performance within the Cape mountain zebra (Equus zebra zebra) meta-population?

12:20 - 12:40 John Derek Scasta - Equids and humans: a historical examination of global psycho-ecology influencing emotions

12:40 - 13:00 Buuveibaatar Bayarbaatar - Population status and conservation activities for Asiatic Wild Ass (Equus hemionus) in Mongolia

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

Modeling for wild and feral equids (moderated by Morris Gosling)

14:00 - 14:20 Saeideh Esmaeili - Does the forage maturation hypothesis predict seasonal movements of equids?

14:20 - 14:40 L. Stefan Ekernas - Modeling population growth and management costs for feral horses in the U.S.

14:40 - 15:00 Jeffrey L. Beck - Safety and application of telemetry collars on wild and free-roaming equids: A global systematic review

15:00 - 15:20 Jacob D. Hennig - Movement syndromes of feral horses inhabiting arid steppe in Western North America

Equid reproductive biology and fertility control

15:20 - 15:40 Budhan Pukazhenthi - Application of reproductive technologies for conservation ofendangered equids 

15:40 - 16:00  Cassandra Nuñez - Social behavior and ecology may interact to shape the gut microbiome in feral horses (Equus caballus

16:00 - 16:20 Coffee break

Equid reproductive biology and fertility control (moderated by Dan Rubenstein

16:20 - 16:40 Kayla A Grams - Advances in PZP Immunocontraception in two Western wild horse herds

Genetics, Morphology 

16:40 - 17:00 Sara Oyler-McCance - Facts from feces: the utility of fecal DNA to assist in the conservation and management of wild equids

Feral equid issues and rewilding

17:00 - 17:20 Terry A. Messmer - Are free-roaming equids good for western U.S. public lands?

17:20 - 17:40 David Berman - Management of feral horse environmental impact in Australia 

17:40 - 18:00 Enrique Alonso Garcia - The rewilding Europe with wild/feral equids and its infrastructural value for equids cognition and social behavioral ecology: the Piornal (Pottokas) and Doñana (Retuertas´ horses) initiatives in Spain.

18:15 - 18:45 Closing ceremony 


DAY 4 (THU September 5th) post conference excursions

8:00 - 18:00 Excursion to Safari Park Dvůr Králové - Zoo and Safari for African animals

8:00 - 18:00 Excursion to Milovice -Nature reserve for horses, and Dolní Dobřejov - Przewalski Horse breeding and acclimatization facility of Prague Zoo