Conference Symposium


Wildlife Disease Association (WDA)-Africa and Middle East (AME) Section has organized a WDA-AME Wildlife Disease Symposium as part of the 11th Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) Scientific Conference that will be held at the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC) in Arusha, Tanzania from 6-8 December 2017.  TAWIRI conference will be held under the theme: People, Live-stock and Climate change: Challenges for sustainable biodiversity conservation”. The special WDA-AME Wildlife Symposium will be under the sub-theme: “Wildlife Diseases and Ecosystem Health.  WDA-AME Wildlife Disease Symposium is entitled: “The role

of Wildlife Health Professionals and the increasing trend of emerging and re-emerging diseases at the wildlife-livestock-human interface”.

The objectives of the symposium include:

  1. To mobilize wildlife health professionals to proactively engage in investigation and outbreak responses of infectious diseases of wildlife origin,
  2. To equip wildlife health professionals with current knowledge and status of infectious diseases,
  3. To update wildlife health professionals with advances in one health approaches to disease investigation and outbreak responses.

The call for abstracts for those who want to make presentations will be open from 01st March to 30th July 2017. Abstracts should be limited to a maximum of 300 words for both oral and poster presentations. Specifically, the abstract should be organized as follows; title, name(s) of author(s) and addresses, brief background/objectives of the study, methodology, results and conclusion. Authors of accepted abstracts for oral/poster presentation will be notified by September 30th 2017. Abstracts for the WDA-AME Wildlife Disease Symposium should be submitted to for special handling and submission by the section. The abstract should be submitted together with the filled registration form.

Early bird registration fee for participation to the TAWIRI conference including the WDA-AME symposium is 270,000 TZS for developing countries and 250 USD for developed countries. Late or onsite registration is 350,000 TZS for developing countries and 300 USD for developed countries. Early bird registration is open from 1st March – 30th August 2017. For more details see


  • The status of chimpanzee Conservation in Tanzania

Whereas Tanzania is best known for its “big 5” mammals that dominate the northern Park system, Mahale and Gombe National Parks in western Tanzania represent the homes to the two longest studies of wild chimpanzees in Africa, each in their 6th decade. With the species in decline across its African distribution, we will host the first chimpanzee symposium at the bi-annual TAWIRI scientific conference in December 2017 to present and share information on the behaviour, ecology, and conservation of this critically important species. Chimpanzees number less than 2500 in Tanzania – remarkably few compared to African elephants in the wild (~53,000 in Tanzania) – and so are deserving of increased attention, resources, and support to protect remaining populations and habitat. In fact, the majority of chimpanzees live outside the protected areas (PA), where Tanzania is experiencing accelerated and dramatic habitat loss due to expansion of agricultural farms, settlements and livestock grazing areas. Apart from habitat loss, chimpanzees also face threats from diseases (e.g. SIVcpz, respiratory viruses) that will be discussed during the symposium. Other talks will cover the current demography data from Gombe and Mahale, but also updated information from region-wide surveys outside of these well-known Parks. We hope that the symposium will enlighten researchers and managers on the status of chimpanzees in Tanzania as well as the threat chimpanzees confront in their natural habitat both inside and outside protected areas. For more information contact