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EVENT POSTPONED 3-Day Enrichment Workshop at Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch

  • 16 Apr 2020
  • (CDT)
  • 18 Apr 2020
  • (CDT)
  • Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas, USA


The SHAPE of Enrichment and Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch present a 3-Day Enrichment Workshop from April 16 - 18, 2020.

This workshop is for animal caretakers, front line supervisors, and others working with captive species, including primates, equines, native and exotic wildlife, and farm animals.

SHAPE instructors Mark Kingston Jones and
Margaret Whittaker will guide participants through a process to develop more holistic and goal-oriented enrichment programs.

Lecture topics include animal welfare and an enrichment overview including framework, safety, and evaluation. The practical components will include behavioral problem solving and rope splicing workshops. Participants will apply the principles covered in the presentations when we split into groups to design, build, and test enrichment with animals at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch.

The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch is a world-renowned animal sanctuary located on more than 1,400 acres in Murchison, Texas, USA, founded in 1979 by author and animal advocate Cleveland Amory. The sanctuary is home to over 800 animals comprising over 40 species, many of which were rescued from situations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

• Ice breaker (4/15, 6 - 8:30 p.m.; plan to arrive in time to attend)
• Banquet dinner (4/18)
• All lunches
• Morning and afternoon tea breaks, including snacks
• Workshop materials

Registration payment may be made via PayPal to Shape of Enrichment/Margaret Whittaker; search, or by check to Shape of Enrichment – email Margaret for mailing address.

The Workshop hotel is the Fairfield Inn & Suites, Van/Canton Area (~1.5 drive from Dallas airports). The hotel is offering a special price of US$99/night plus tax. Room options include 2 queen beds or 1 king. If you are interested in sharing a room, but need a roommate, please let us know and we can connect you with someone else looking. Use the link below to make a reservation and be sure to mention Shape of Enrichment Workshop. The discounted rate is available Wed, April 15, 2020 to Sun, April 19, 2020. THE LAST DAY TO BOOK WITH THIS RATE IS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2020.

Hotel link:

For a registration form, please email:

Margaret Whittaker at

Traci Hanson at

Please return completed registration form by March 23 to both Margaret AND Traci.

Thanks! Any questions, please contact Margaret or Traci by email or Margaret by cell at (832)428 9637.

We look forward to seeing you at the Workshop!

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