Welcome to SHAPE—South and East Europe
is a regional division of The Shape of
Our mission is to bring together people who work in zoos
in different capacities and who are interested in promoting environmental
enrichment and working to enrich the lives of captive animals. We will support
each other by sharing ideas to implement and advance enrichment efforts in this
Andras Kopacz founded SHAPE—SEE in 2009. Currently, there are four
members on our steering committee, two from Romania and two from Hungary.
However, additional members, especially from unrepresented countries in the
region, are welcome. If you are interested, please contact us.
SHAPE—SEE is tackling many enrichment challenges in
our region. We are a new regional and still determining how best to meet our
goals. Currently, we are working on:
• Organizing Enrichment Workshop(s) in
Romania and Hungary
• Translating resources and pages on
• Increasing communication about
enrichment and animal welfare among zoo professionals in the region
• Maintaining a SHAPE—SEE Facebook Page
• Producing a regular SHAPE—SEE Newspaper
For easy communication, we create a mailing group at
“Yahoo Groups”. This group is conducted in English. Follow the link below to
SEE Yahoo Group
Also, you can communicate with us using our Facebook Page. Just click on the Facebook
icon at the bottom of this page; that will take you to The Shape of Enrichment
fan page. From there, click on the SHAPE—SEE link to visit our page. You do no need to have a Facebook account to visit Shape’s fan page.
Quarterly, we produce a newsletter, named “NewsPaper”, which
covers SHAPE—SEE’s activity. NewsPaper is published in English
in pdf format. If you do not have an application that
allows you to read pdf files, you can download a free
copy of Acrobat Reader from Adobe, using the link below.
One of our members maintains a zoo website. The Zoo-Linx group is a great resource for enrichment and other
zoo-related topics in Romania. The link below will take you to the site, which
can be viewed in English or Romanian.