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The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
Visit conference.ava.com.au to register.    To download a pdf file of the entire program click here.
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Wednesday, May 16 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Crocodiles in northern Australia: sustainable conservation initiatives

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The estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) is the largest living reptile in the world. Estuarine crocodiles range across northern Australia from south of Broome in WA, across the northern coastline and as far south as Rockhampton in Queensland, including estuaries and river systems throughout its range, often extending several hundred kilometres inland. They occur extra limitally through PNG and Indo-China. They were hunted extensively for their skins from 1940s to 1970s when they were protected across all three states. C. porosus skins are the most highly valued crocodilian skins in the fashion trade. Since farming practices commenced, the wild populations have started to recover, bringing the animals into conflict with livestock producers, locals and tourists. Intensive farming, ranching and wild harvesting are practiced in Australia. The relative merits and conservation impacts of each method are discussed. The concept of a universal approach to sustainable crocodile management practices is proposed.

Speakers
avatar for Annabelle Olsson

Annabelle Olsson

Principal, Boongarry Vet Surgery
I am a wildlife, avian, reptile and exotics vet based in Cairns, but with a practice which extends throughout Cape York. I have research degrees in health of free living flying foxes, and anaesthesia in crocodiles. I am President of the Wildlife Conservancy of tropical Queensland... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Mezzanine M2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre