Student Environmental Enrichment Course

6th - 9th Aug 2018

PL13 1NZ

The Shape of Enrichment presents the 35th Student Environmental Enrichment Course from the 6th to the 9th of August 2018.


The Shape of Enrichment presents the 35th Student Environmental Enrichment Course.

Monday 6th to Thursday 9th August 2018 
SHAPE Instructors: Mark Kingston Jones and Chris Hales – supported by BIAZA 

We are pleased to announce that we will be returning to Lakeview Monkey Sanctuary, in Ascot, for our 35th Student Environmental Enrichment Course. As this site is not open to the public this is a unique opportunity for our delegates to see the work being done at this charity, housing 35 rescued primates.

This course is designed around the SHAPE format and supported by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA).  It is aimed specifically at college and university students (past or present) who do not currently work within a zoo setting, but are looking to do so as a career.  Over 3½ days students will gain a background in animal welfare and enrichment, as well as providing practical skills in designing, building and testing enrichment within the settings of a working animal collection.  Our aim is to provide valuable experience and an overview of additional useful skills to a would-be keeper’s CV.  Please note you must be 18 or over to attend this course. 

The course is roughly split between lecture and practical components. Lecture topics include: Animal welfare, enrichment overview, husbandry and learning, and zookeeping. Additionally, there will be practical’s involving animal learning, and working with rope and fire hose. The final day of the course will result in the application of all these principles as delegates are split into groups, allowing you the opportunity to design, build and test enrichment with the sanctuary animals. 

Please note to keep course costs down delegates are required to provide their own lunches as there is no catering facility on site. Information on discounted bed and breakfast accommodation is available on request and the number of available places is limited, so please book early. 
The workshop registration fee of £150 includes workshop materials over the 3½ days (Monday 11.30am5pm, Tuesday to Thursday 9am-5pm), entry to the Sanctuary, and tea/coffee and biscuits during the breaks. 

For reviews and feedback on previous courses please visit here. For further information and to request a booking form please contact: [email protected]