Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Regional Environmental Enrichment Conference

10 – 12 May 2010

Organised by ‘Shape UK & Ireland’ & Marwell Wildlife
‘Shape UK & Ireland’ (sub committee of ‘The Shape Of Enrichment’) are pleased to announce The 3rd UK & Ireland Regional Environmental Enrichment Conference, hosted by Marwell Wildlife.

This Conference will bring together Wild Animal Keepers & Managers, Researchers, Students, and professionals from the agricultural & companion animal sector for a series of presentations, workshops & discussion regarding Environmental Enrichment theories, activities & programmes across multiple taxa, including Birds, Hoof Stock, Primates, Carnivores, Aquatics & many others.

The Total Cost of Registration is £150 per delegate

This includes attendance to all talks and workshops, the Icebreaker, Lunches & refreshments, and attendance to the Zoo Tour & BBQ.

There will be a separate charge for the Banquet (11th May) of £20 per delegate.

Registration and the Icebreaker event will take place on Sunday 9th May.

Contact address- reec2010@marwell.org.uk

For Downloadable forms & Information go to:

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Draft Programme

Social Programme TBC


Registration Registration is due by March 31st 2010, spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.


Abstracts are due on or before January 4th 2010

An introduction to the host and venue

The Shape of Enrichment, Inc. is dedicated to promoting worldwide environmental enrichment efforts for captive animals. The Shape of Enrichment, Inc. encourages improvements in animal welfare through education and international exchanges of enrichment theory and application.

The Shape of Enrichment was founded in 1991 by Karen Worley & Valerie Hare.


SHAPE—Regionals were created to further The Shape of Enrichment, Inc.’s mission within specific geographic regions. These satellites of Shape are operated by dedicated volunteers living and working in the region. The regionals are formed with the permission and support of The Shape of Enrichment, Inc. and are operated in conjunction with SHAPE—International personnel.

The International conferences are a great way for information to be distributed globally but the obvious disadvantage is the cost involved to attend. This is where the REECs fit in. They are designed to attract delegates from smaller regions of the world, whether just one country or a whole continent. Either way, REECs are smaller conferences, with a lower cost, and possibly a friendlier feel.

REEC 2010 will be held at Marwell Wildlife, in Hampshire, UK. www.marwell.org.uk/reec

Marwell Wildlife is a Conservation Charity connecting people with nature.

Dedicated to our Conservation work around the world, in partnership with communities and other organisations, our projects extend from the reintroduction of desert Antelopes in the Sahara through to community based projects in Northern Kenya and habitat restoration in the South of England. We engage with over 35,000 children & students through ourConservation educational programmes, and welcome over 500,000 visitors each year to our 140 acre Zoological Park in Hampshire, UK. In every contact we seek to encourage understanding, and inspire care for the natural world.

REEC 2010 will involve many talks and workshops focusing on enrichment theories and activities towards multiple taxa, reviewing techniques and evaluation methods.

The Conference presentations will be held in Marwell Wildlife’s Science & Learning Centre Lecture Theatre, seating up to 120 delegates, with practical workshops also being held in the outbreak classrooms and out in the park itself.

Lunch will be provided in the grand setting of Marwell Hall situated in the centre of the park.

Evening activities will be available in Marwell Hall and this is also the setting for a Banquet on the evening of 11 May.

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