Position: Shape—Australasia Committee Member
Rohan Cleave began his zoo keeping career at
Melbourne Zoo, Australia in 1996. His
career has encompassed working with a diverse variety of animals and husbandry
teams. Working with native animals,
ungulates, elephants, carnivores, reptiles and invertebrates have given him the
opportunity to experience different zoo keeping philosophies. The benefits of
an environmental enrichment program for each species became obvious early on
and warranted expansions of these enrichment programs. Enrichment mirrored
alongside training and conditioning programs for certain species has proved
very rewarding. Enrichment programs have become part of the daily routine to
improve animal husbandry for each animal species at Zoos Victoria where
co-organised and ran the 1st Australasian Regional Environmental Conference
(REEC) held at Melbourne Zoo in November 2006. This event proved the strength
of enthusiasm and expertise in this field throughout the region. The conference
was extremely well supported from many zoos and non-zoo based organisations and
an historic event to share ideas on Environmental Enrichment. These conferences
have now become a great meeting place to share ideas and fundamentals in this
assisted in the implementation of “A Richer Life” advertising program at Zoos
Victoria. This idea sprang from an endeavour to better educate zoo visitors on
Environmental Enrichment and provide them with bright, inviting, detailed
moveable signage to the three properties as required.
partnership with Sheila Roe, the following papers have been presented at
International Conferences for Environmental Enrichment (ICEE’s).
“You can lead a tiger to water, but can you
call this enrichment?” was presented at the Johannesburg conference, 2003.
just feeding carnivores or are we providing enrichment as well?” presented at
the New York conference, 2005.
current focus is working with the Invertebrate Department on the Lord Howe
Island Stick Insect Recovery Project. This currently takes up most of his time
but he continues to be highly driven, passionate and very interested in
enrichment practises both locally and globally.
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