ISAZ 2018

Symposium 3

Human-wildlife conflict: Rebuilding conscious co-existence 

Date: Tuesday 3rd July
Time: 2 pm - 3:45 pm
Room: Platypus Room (Seminar Rooms 1.2/1.4)

Chairs: Bradley Smith and Neil Jordan

This symposium seeks to explore the possibility of "rebuilding conscious coexistence" in society, essentially exploring options to reconnect ourselves to natures world wide web (but focusing on the conflict context). We are increasingly living in a sanitized world where we move from one sterile air-conditioned box to another, eating foods that we have had a minimal input in hunting/gathering and preparing, and we have completely lost our sense of  fitting into a food web. We are incredibly intolerant of animals sharing our space (except a few that we keep for fun, strictly on our terms). Can we remember or learn how to coexist? Tool making, tool-use and intelligence were important in our evolutionary development and transition to super predators, but it could be argued that humans have completely unharnessed their tool-developing potential that allow them to compete and coexist with wildlife again rather than exclude and eradicate them from large parts of the globe. How are humans, the “tool users”, so useless at developing conflict tools? Why is the great innovating species so unwilling to innovate in this context?

This 1 hour 45 minute symposium will include several speakers, and time for general discussions. Details of the individual speakers are provided below.

Speakers include:

Dr Neil Jordan

University of N.S.W, Centre for Ecosystem Science

Dr Bradley Smith

Central Queensland University, Appleton Institute

Assoc. Prof. Catherine Herbert

The University of Sydney, Charles Perkins Centre 

Dr Alex Mayers

The Donkey Sanctuary 

Assoc Prof. Kirrilly Thompson

Central Queensland University, Appleton Institute 

Prof. David Raubenheimer

The University of Sydney, Charles Perkins Centre