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Welcome to The Shape of Enrichment, Inc.!

The Shape of Enrichment, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that offers a variety of services to animal care professionals worldwide. Founded in 1991, The Shape of Enrichment, Inc. is dedicated to promoting worldwide environmental enrichment efforts for captive animals and encouraging improvements in animal welfare through education and international exchanges of enrichment theory and application.


The 14th International Conference on Environmental Enrichment (ICEE) in Kyoto, Japan was a wonderful experience! A very big thank you to the hosts: the Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science, Kyoto UniversityKyoto City Zoo; the Japan Monkey Centre; and SHAPE-Japan. And a thank you to everyone who presented papers and posters, and all those who were able to attend this year's conference to make it such a success.

A compilation of the paper and poster abstracts will be created and will be available to download as a PDF from this site when it is complete.

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The Shape of Enrichment, Inc. has held workshops at zoos and aquariums around the world. Most workshops are four to five days long, and include classroom-style presentations about what enrichment is, how to go about planning and implementing enrichment for individuals or groups of animals, safety considerations, and different enrichment approaches. Then we get hands-on and work in groups to choose, create, and build enrichment items, and give them to the animals to see how they respond. It's a lively, rewarding, and comprehensive way to learn about enrichment—or refresh your skills!

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