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Enrichment and Welfare Conferences and Courses

The Shape of Enrichment, Inc. is involved and helps to promote a variety of conferences and courses involving enrichment and welfare for animals that take place throughout the year. The main ones we are affiliated with are:

  • The International Conference on Environmental Enrichment (ICEE), held in a different country every other year (in odd numbered years).
  • Regional Environmental Enrichment Conferences (REECs), held in countries with a satellite Shape of Enrichment committee every other year, on years when there is not an international conference (even numbered years).
  • Student Environmental Enrichment Courses (SEECs), conducted by Shape instructors in various locations in the UK upon request from colleges and universities.

Others include:

  • European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) annual conference
  • American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) annual conference
  • International Congress of Zookeepers (ICZ) annual conference
  • The Alliance of Behavior Management Association (ABMA) annual conference
  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) professional course, "Environmental Enrichment in Zoos and Aquariums"
  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) professional course, "Animal Welfare: Evidence-Based Management"

Upcoming events

    • 10 Aug 2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 12 Aug 2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Lakeview Monkey Sanctuary, Ascot, UK

    This 3-day course in collaboration with Hose2Habitat will be hosted by Lakeview Monkey Sanctuary, providing a unique opportunity for participants to see the work of this sanctuary, home to 35 rescued primates.

    Designed around the Shape of Enrichment workshop format, this BIAZA-certified course is for keepers and animal caregivers currently working with captive species. Instructors Mark Kingston Jones and Chris Hales will guide participants through a process to develop holistic and goal-oriented enrichment programs at their own facilities. The course is split between lecture and practical, hands-on components. Animal welfare, an overview of the framework of enrichment, safety, and evaluation will be presented, and participants will engage in behavioral problem solving, fire hose and rope splicing workshops, and working in groups to create and test enrichment with the sanctuary's primate residents.

    Registration information will be posted as it becomes available.

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