Friday, May 10, 2013
From Good Care to Great Welfare: A Workshop Designed for Animal Care Professionals
From Good Care to Great Welfare:
A Workshop Designed for Animal Care Professionals
Presented by the Center for Zoo Animal Welfare
The Detroit Zoological Society’s Center for Zoo Animal Welfare is offering a unique four-day workshop for animal care staff working with captive exotic animals. The workshop is designed to help participants better understand animals’ perspectives and experiences, address the challenges captivity imposes on animal welfare, and develop the skills necessary to assess and improve overall well-being.
Participants will gain essential knowledge related to current research on captive animal behavior and ecology, techniques for assessing environmental and husbandry factors affecting welfare, methods of compensating for captivity (e.g. training and enrichment), management and exhibit design, as well as identification and resolution of welfare issues.
Workshop format includes lectures, discussions, small group projects, demonstrations, and multiple hands-on opportunities with animal environments at the Detroit Zoo. Exercises and experiences are immersive and designed to help us understand captivity from the animal’s point of view. Get ready to experience the zoo the way the animals do!
Limited scholarship opportunities available.
For information contact:
Elizabeth Arbaugh, Curator of Animal Welfare