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Welcome to SHAPE—Africa



In addition to lectures, videotape examples, and discussions, The Shape of Enrichment Workshops include a variety of instructional methods we call "practicals." Successful implementation of these practicals may require extensive advance preparation and coordination between the instructors and the host representative.



Instructors and participants explore the host institution's animal facilities, discussing pros and cons on various enclosures while proposing additional enrichment suggestions.


Build Your Own

Time, materials, and guidance are provided for each participant to construct a simple enrichment item to take home with them.


Enclosure Enrichment

Participants construct and place enrichment items for an enclosure(s) at the host institution. If this practical is desired, the host institution and instructor will select the enclosure(s) and approve enrichment strategies in advance. At least 1 instructor will be on site for 1-2 days prior to the workshop to ensure the plan meets will the host representative's approval and to plan logistics.


Data Collection

Both informal response to enrichment and formal behavior data collection can be practiced at the host institution. If "Enclosure Enrichment" practical is also used, an assessment will be included in that activity.


Training Practice

 Participants can practice animal training skills with domestic, tractable animals or via training games.



For more information, contact the Workshop Coordinator, Valerie Hare.



Welcome to SHAPE—Africa





Workshop Delegate Comments


 “It was fabulous & such creative ideas! This was a fantastic course, I learned so much!!!”

-- Int. Wildlife. Rehabilitation Council, California, USA, 2008


 It’s made a HUGE difference to gain this information and to start developing these skills so that we can do our job better.”

-- uShaka Marine World, Durban, South Africa, 2008


“The practical part gave me a good view for organizing and planning enrichment, which will help to make a good start in our zoo. It also gave me information how to get my colleagues started with enrichment and make it part of their job.

-- Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Port Lympne, UK, 2009


“[The instructor] went out of her way to accommodate everybody’s needs. She is a cheerful person, very positive, and a very good speaker. Thank you for a very enriched course!! Hope to see you again!”

-- Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Ctr., Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, 2008


 Very enriching for us!! Will take a lot with me back to my institution.”

-- Prospect Park Zoo, New York, USA, 2008



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