For Auckland folks who are interested, this talk is on tomorrow night at Auckland Zoo (pay by cash on the door). ... See MoreSee Less

Improving human decision-making at pilot whale mass strandings

October 19, 2017, 6:20pm - October 19, 2017, 7:30pm

Dr Karen Stockin, from Massey University, will be speaking to us about mass strandings and how the decisions that people make can affect the outcome. Globally, whale strandings fascinate and intrigue scientists and the public alike. NZ in particular has a high frequency of mass strandings, and the extensive public engagement that occurs during these events is unprecedented. Despite costly, and often logistically challenging attempts to rescue live whales, a lack of scientific evaluation underpins current decision-making processes, especially regarding conservation and animal welfare. In a void of science-driven decision-making, how can managers be sure either conservation or animal welfare objectives are being met? At what cost should we save the whales? At our normal venue at Grasslands Lecture Theatre, Auckland Zoo. $10 General admission $5 Concession Free entry for ZSA members & Zoo staff

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