XI Convegno Nazionale della Ricerca nei Parchi


1 - 3 ottobre 2021


Il Parco Natura Viva organizza l'undicesima edizione del Convegno Nazionale della Ricerca nei Parchi dall'1 al 3 ottobre 2021. Il Convegno è dedicato alle indagini scientifiche condotte all’interno dei giardini zoologici e degli acquari e alle attività di ricerca e conservazione in natura.
Viste le necessarie precauzioni dovute al contenimento del Covid-19, il Convegno si terrà completamente online. 

La presentazione degli ultimi risultati e il confronto con ricercatori italiani e internazionali stimoleranno nuovi studi nei diversi ambiti di ricerca, con un ricco programma che prevede sessioni plenarie con ospiti importanti sia a livello nazionale sia internazionale, workshop e presentazione poster.
La quota di iscrizione è di 30 euro e include, oltre alle credenziali per accedere alla piattaforma su cui si terranno i vari talk, anche un biglietto di ingresso per il Parco da utilizzare nella stagione in corso.

Tematiche: Animal Behaviour, Animal Welfare, Animal Social Relationship, Animal Communication, Animal Cognition, Veterinary Science, Conservation Education, In Situ Conservation.

È possibile presentare un contributo scientifico all'11° Convegno Nazionale per la Ricerca nei Parchi come poster

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1-3 ottobre 2021


Friday, October 1

18:00 Virtual Icebreaker - Animals in an online world: I like it!
  by Marketing & Communication Department of Parco Natura Viva


Saturday, October 2

9:10 Opening
9:30 Zoos for Primates I
  by Associazione Primatologi Italiani
9:30 Monica Carosi: 
Associazione Primatologi Italiani
9:40  Ivan Norscia:
Two Sides of the Same Coin: Ex-situ Investigation to Understand Primate Emotional Communication in situ
10:10 Edoardo Pietrangeli and Monica Carosi:
A Novel Application of Social Network Analysis to the Study of Stereotypies in Zoo-housed Western Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus): Behavioural Health and Implications for Ex-situ Conservation   
10:30 Poster session: Human-animal interactions, Conservation & Education
11:00 Zoos for Primates I
11:00 Giovanni Di Panfilo:
Rhythmic Patterns in the Songs of the White-handed Gibbon (Hylobates lar)
11:15 Noemi Spagnoletti
Raising Awareness on Non-human Primates. Ex-situ and In-situ experiences
11:30 Academy Education: High School for and from Animals
11:30 Stefano Vaglio:
The Erasmus+ Project “International Zoo Conservation & Management”
11:45 Christian Agrillo:
Research Methods In Psychology: Using Animal Models To Understand Human Behaviou
12:00 Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on Zoos I
12:00 Nandani Salaria
Covid-19: Impact & Management Interventions at Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Visakhapatnam
12:30 Cesare Avesani Zaborra
The Pandemic and Parco Natura Viva
12:50 MoU Virtual Signing Cerimony
  Camillo Sandri
Sister-Zoo Collaboration between Indira Gandhi Zoological Park and Parco Natura Viva
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on Zoos II
  by Ethics Laboratory for Veterinary Medicine, Conservation, and Animal Welfare
14:00 Barbara De Mori:
The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Italian Zoos and Aquariums: Worker’s Perspectives and Public Perception
14:30 Katia dell’Aira:
Educational Activities of Parco Natura Viva to Reconnect the Public with the Nature in the COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency
14:50 Marco Campolo
Zoo Animals and the COVID-19 Pandemic
15:10 Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Zoos III
  by Associazione Italiana Guardiani di Zoo - AIGZOO
15:10 Elia Lunghini:
How to Carry out the Goals Against the Pandemic
15:20 Marco Ciannavei:
Animal Welfare Must Not Be Influenced by the Pandemic COVID-19
15:30 Poster session: Health, Genetics & Vets
16:00 The Veterinary Forensic Sciences and Wild Animals
  by Società Italiana delle Scienze Forensi Veterinarie
16:00 Michele Capasso:
Link between Zoos and Academia
16:10 Orlando Paciello:
The Challenge of Necropsy for Exotic and Wild Animals: The Forensic Pathology Approach
17:00 Workshop - BORIS: An Open-Source Software for the Study of Animal Behaviour
  by Olivier Friard & Marco Gamba
19:00 Day End

Sunday, October 3

9:15 Day 2 Opening
9:15 Theo Pagel
Introduction to the day sessions: Meaning of "Reverse the Red"
9:30 In-situ Conservation - Europe                                                                                                                            
9:30 Miguel Quevedo:
Proyecto Eremita
9:50 Johannes Fritz:
LIFE Northern Bald Ibis - Video
10:00 Nathalie Dufresne
A video from the Seychelles by SNPA (SPGA)
10:15 Giorgio Bertorelle:
Endemixit - Video
10:30 Poster session: Animal Behaviour, Personality & Welfare
11:00 In action for in-situ conservation
  by Fondazione A.R.C.A. – Animal Research Conservation in Action
11:00 Federica Avesani & Tommaso Sandri:
Fondazione A.R.C.A.
11:20 Vu Hong Thanh:
About “Raise Awareness on the Red Shanked Douc Langur through Education Outreach Program in Son Tra Nature Reserve, Da Nang, Vietnam” Project
11:40 Alexandru Bulacu:
Mobility and Interaction of the European Bison (Bison bonasus) with Other Species
12:00 Francesco Rovero:
Mongolia Snow Leopard 2015-2019: Results from the First Phase of a Research Programme in the Altai Mountains
12:20 Cristina Giacoma:
How Maromizaha Dealt with Epidemic Difficulties
12:40 Mario Spezia:
Fondo Alto Borago
13:00 Screen Group Photo
13:10 Lunch
14:30 In-situ Conservation - Asia                        
14:30 Janno Weerman:
Red Panda GPS Research: Link Between In-Situ and Ex-Situ Conservation
15:00 Justine Shanti Alexander:
Over a Decade of Snow Leopard Conservation and Research in the South Gobi, Mongolia
15:30 Poster session: Communication, Sociality & Cognition
16:00 In-situ Conservation - Africa & America
16:00 Sian Waters:
Including People in Primate Conservation: A Case Study of Barbary Macaques (Macaca sylvanus) in Morocco
16:30 Valeria Torti:
Home Refresh: A New Bamboo Habitat for the Hapalemur griseus in Maromizaha Forest, Madagascar
17:00 Rosamira Guillen:
Proyecto Titì: Securing a Long-Term Future for Cotton-top Tamarins in Colombia
17:30 Closing session
  Greetings from Gloria Svampa, Presidente UIZA - Unione Italiana Zoo e Acquari


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1-3 ottobre 2021



Session 1 - Saturday, 2nd October - 10.30 am

Human-animal interactions, Conservation & Education


Presenting author

A behavioural study on dolphins involved in dolphin-assisted sessions for children (6-12) with autism

Lieve Lucia Meers

A preliminary evaluation of public perceptions of the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on Italian zoological institutions

Maria Michela Spiriti

First trials of an ethical assessment tool (ETHAS) for the evaluation of the acceptability of art procedures in wildlife conservation

Ilaria Pollastri

Definition and adoption of a breeding protocol for the reintroduction of a bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus )

Giulio Carboni

Understanding temperament and positive animal-keeper interactions in carnivore training compliance

Nicola Cotterill

Study on the lynx (Lynx lynx & Lynx pardinus ) and the European wildcat (Felis silvestris ) in Italian zoos

Simona Normando

Effects of the density and intensity of the visitor flow on the behavioral complexity of a group of cheetahs in a controlled environment

Franco Alessia



Session 2 - Saturday, 2nd October - h 03.30 pm

Health, Genetics & Vets


Presenting author

Sex and age-specific survival and life expectancy in a free ranging population of Indri indri (Gmelin, 1788)

Francesca Rolle

Assessing the welfare of zoo fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox ) through ethological and physiological parameters

Cristina Terzi

Genomic tools for gorilla population dynamics and conservation

Ettore Fedele

Integrating molecular data for Sumatran and Amur tigers

Alessandra Bresnan

Information on the diet of captive red pandas: Preliminary results

Silvia Pozzan

I like the way you eat it: The possible environmental drivers of lemur (Indri indri ) gut microbiome and mycobiome

Paola Mattarelli

Pathology in wild felids under human care in north-east Italian zoological gardens

Cinzia Centelleghe




Session 3 - Sunday, 3rd October - h 10.30 am

Animal Behaviour, Personality & Welfare


Presenting Author

Effect of environmental enrichment on captive plains zebra (Equus quagga): Analysis of ethological parameters

Andrea Zacchi

Assessment of the different emotional state of two sibling striped hyenas (Hyaena hyaena) in off-exhibit and outdoor exhibit location in a wildlife park in northeastern Italy

Marta Brscic

Dragon personality: individual distinctiveness in two related Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis)

Anita Hashmi

Ex-situ behaviour monitoring in a pair of captive jaguars (Panthera onca)

Eleonora Confalonieri

Behavioural report from a snow leopard family (Panthera uncia)

Giovanni Quintavalle Pastorino

Individual behaviour of a group of cheetahs in a controlled environment

Aiello Beatrice, Leone Simona

Personality and behavioral analysis of a cheetah male coalition

Gioia Gaiot & Giovanni Quintavalle Pastorino



Session 4 - Sunday, 3rd October - ore 03.30 pm

Communication, Sociality & Cognition


Presenting author

Investigating cross-modal individual recognition in African penguins (Spheniscus demersus)
Luigi Baciadonna
Sexual dimorphism in the acoustic signal of the European stork (Ciconia ciconia , L. 1758): A pilot study
Rosaria Santoro & Roberta Castiglioni 
Meaning of the seasonal colour variation in a greater flamingo colony (Phoenicopterus roseus Pallas, 1811)
Roberta Castiglioni 
Assessing the effects of a multi-step introduction program on social and repetitive behaviours of two female Asian elephants
Giacomo Riggio
Brothers fighting: A survey of severe aggression among cotton top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus) to improve their management in captivity
Carla Cherubini
Assessing the effect of visual stimuli as environmental enrichment in meerkats (Suricata suricatta) and their impact on paw preference
Luca Bernardini, Chiara Meloni, Maria Elena Miletto Petrazzini
Pride size relevance in ex-situ African lions (Panthera leo)
Francesco Drago




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