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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 Jun 2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 12 Jun 2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Newquay Zoo, Newquay, UK

    Newquay Zoo is proud to be hosting the 8th UK and Ireland Regional Environmental Enrichment Conference from 10-12 June 2020.

    SHAPE-UK and Ireland is the regional division of The Shape of Enrichment, Inc. that is dedicated to furthering enrichment efforts in the UK and Ireland. The mission of REEC meetings is to provide a venue for animal carers from smaller regions of the world to meet and discuss environmental enrichment. All of our meetings have been a great success; featuring workshops, keynote speakers and practical sessions to encourage and inform animal care staff about enrichment.

    Join us for REEC 2020 in Newquay for what promises to be another fantastic conference packed with keynote speakers, talks, workshops and, of course, some great social events.

    Early bird registration for the 2020 meeting is open until 31 March 2020 at a cost of £150 per delegate. This includes a pre-conference icebreaker on the evening of Tuesday 9th June and attendance at all three conference days.

    There will be a conference social event on Thursday 11th June at an additional cost of £20.

    After the early bird deadline, the registration cost will rise to £170.

    Register here


    Conference Key note speakers:

    Zak Showell, Director, Shaldon Wildlife Trust/BIAZA Living Collections Vice Chair/Co-Chair of BIAZA Records Group

    Peter McGregor, Professor of Animal Behavior at ISPA, Lisbon, Portugal

    • 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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