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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