Hosted by Apenheul, The Netherlands (23-26 March, 2020)
EAZA is proud to announce the launch of its first Animal Welfare Forum. The Animal Welfare Forum will bring together up to 200 representatives of zoos and aquariums, welfare organisations and academic institutions for three days of workshops, presentations and other activities, discussing and highlighting an evidence-based approach to animal welfare and bridging the gap between welfare research and application.
|Monday 23 March||Academy course, side meetings and icebreaker|
|Tuesday 24 March||Conference Day 1 (EAZA)|
|Wednesday 25 March||Conference Day 2 (Morning sessions sponsored by WAZA)|
|Thursday 26 March||Conference Day 3 (EAZA) and farewell dinner|
|Friday 27 March||Apenheul tour & optional visit to AAP|
A very warm welcome to Apenheul Primate Park Foundation! We are tremendously proud to be the host of the first EAZA Animal Welfare Forum. It was the vision of our founding fathers in the early ‘70’s to create a park from the perspective of animals, especially primates, where people are merely guests. Our animals are free roaming or housed on islands, with natural boundaries where possible. As humans we are guests in their world and this has led to a unique park with over 18 free roaming primate species and another 17 other primate species on islands, in a lush, green environment.
We love nature and hope that a visit to our park increases the love of nature and animals in particular within our guests. A mission maybe even more relevant today, then when our park was founded. Given the fact that we house and take care of animals to fulfil our mission, we want to be a frontrunner when it comes to animal welfare.
The way we look at animals and their wellbeing is not static. It develops in time and is becoming a more important topic to the general public. Zoos are experts on this matter and have a lot of expertise with regards to animal husbandry, their behaviour and physical and psychological needs and wellbeing. And many of us also work with renowned institutes and universities to enhance our knowledge and that of others on this matter. This gives us the opportunity to be on the forefront in the discussion on animal welfare and become a reference point on this important topic.
We hope that this first EAZA Animal Welfare Forum will be the start of a joint and continues welfare program in zoos and other institutions. A start of the metaphoric bridge we need to build to combine the knowledge of scientific institutions with the practical experience of zoos. All this so we can work together to continually improve animal welfare, in as well as outside our parks.
From all of us at Apenheul, we wish you an inspiring and fruitful event!
With new advances in animal welfare research and understanding, it is important that we are able to employ this science in our collections to ensure we are doing everything we can to promote positive animal welfare. The first session is solely dedicated to this theme with a direct focus on animal welfare assessment.
The programme is then structured to reflect Mellor and Beausoleil’s (2015) extended Five Domains of Animal Welfare model. The four Physical/Functional Domains: Nutrition, Environment, Health & Behaviour and the one Affective Experience Domain: Mental State. Each domain is explored with the lens of the bridging the gap theme, focusing on how we can implement the research in each of these areas within the our zoos and aquariums.
There is more coming! This is the initial programme release, we are currently working on expanding presentations and workshops in a number of areas of the programme, particularly concerning affective states. We are exploring welfare research across all animal science fields which can offer teachings that can be extrapolated and add to our knowledge in the zoo community!
Join our Facebook group 'EAZA Animal Welfare' for updates on the programme, and keep an eye on this website.
Please note: All programme details were correct at the point of programme release. However, details may be subject to change. Refunds cannot be given due to programme change.
Early bird rate is available until 22 January 2020, student discount fees are unfortunately not available. In case of questions please contact email@example.com.
|Full conference, early rate||€330|
|Full conference (late rate)||€395|
|Single day, early rate||€115|
|Single day, regular rate||€132|
Participation fees EAZA Academy course:
EAZA members: €130
Non-EAZA members: €165
Please take notice of the EAZA Events cancellation policy:
Cancellations one week prior to the event will not be refunded
It is your responsibility to ensure that your cancellation for the Academy course/EAZA Animal Welfare Forum is confirmed by the EAZA Academy or the EAZA Office respectively.
The hotels listed below are recommended, based on close proximity to the venue as well as promotional pricing for conference delegates. Feel free to look for other accommodation options in the area.
|Hotel||Distance to venue||Single room||Double room||Contact||Booking reference|
|Van der Valk Apeldoorn||7.3 km||€115||€firstname.lastname@example.org||GF3957|
|Van der Valk de Cantharel||4.8 km||€99,50||€email@example.com||CAN-GF-63166|
|Charme Hotel Hoog Soeren||3.9 km||€99||€firstname.lastname@example.org||Apenheul AWF|
|Bilderberg de Keizerskroon||3.0 km||€119||€email@example.com||Apenheul AWF|
|Stayokay||1.2 km||€65||€firstname.lastname@example.org||Apenheul AWF|
|Fletcher Apeldoorn||1.1 km||€80||€email@example.com||F72-GFC4638|
The above rates are available until 31-12-2019. Please note that rates are excluding a tourism tax of €2,38 a night per person
If you have time to visit neighbouring places before or after the conference it is highly recommended to visit the following very informative websites:
For more suggestions about wthat to see and what to do in the region please click here
We are opening our second round of abstract submission with a focus in the areas of research surrounding the Five Domains of Health, Behaviour, Environment, Nutrition and Affective states and how research in these areas can be linked directly back to animal welfare and implementation within our zoos and aquariums. Submissions are welcomed from both practitioners and researchers in all fields of animal science.
Mellor, D.J. and Beausoleil, N.J. (2015) Extending the 'Five Domains' model for animal welfare assessment to incorporate positive welfare states. Animal Welfare 24:241-253
This course is aimed at anyone involved or interested in the implementation of enrichment programs and their effect on an animals well-being. Using a theoretical and practical approach we will explore the different facets of planning, implementation, evaluation and re-adjustment of enrichment programs. Looking through the lens of promoting agency we will analyse how to achieve enrichment success in the physical, psychological engagement of an animal whilst aligning with species specific ecological needs.
Instructors: Thomas Bionda (Apenheul Primate Park), Lisette van den Berg (Utrecht University) in conjunction with Melissa Broadway (EAZA)
Location: Kambizuri Lodges (Apenheul Primate Park)
EAZA members: €130
Non-EAZA members: €165
A zoo visit to Apenheul and an aditional visit to AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection (Almere) on Friday 27 March is offered to registered delegates that attend conference for at least two days.
10:00 – 12:00: Zoo visit Apenheul
12:00 – 13:00: Transport by coach to AAP (including lunch option at own cost, approx. €7 to pay for with card)
13:00 – 15:00: Visit and guided tour AAP
The coach is kindly offered by Apenheul
After the visit to AAP delegates can decide to return to Apeldoorn by coach or to continue elsewhere, there are buses running from AAP to Almere train station.