Newquay Zoo to host the 8th UK and Ireland Regional Environment Enrichment Conference

Newquay Zoo will be the location for the 8th UK and Ireland Regional Environment Enrichment Conference, which will take place from Sunday, 11 September to Wednesday, 14 September.

The conference will provide animal carers from across the UK and Ireland to meet and discuss environmental enrichments for a range of different species. It will include talks, workshops, keynote speakers, opportunities to take part in practical builds of enriching environments, and a range of social events.

The conference will be run by Enrichment: SHAPE-UK and Ireland, the regional division of The Shape of Enrichment, Inc. which is dedicated to furthering quality enrichment for animals in the UK and Ireland. The practical builds – which will see delegates participate in creating enriching structures, furniture and feeders for a range of different animals – will be run by Team Building with Bite, an organisation that specialises in team building activities in zoos and sanctuaries across the UK.

The conference was first scheduled to take place in September 2020, but was postponed due to COVID-19. It will take place in locations across Newquay Zoo and at partner organisation Cornwall College Newquay.

Dr Kathy Baker, Newquay Zoo Research Coordinator, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Regional Environment Enrichment Conference. Here at Newquay Zoo, ensuring that animals have an engaging, enriching enclosure is an incredibly important part of our animal care.”

Tickets to the conference are now on sale, and cost £180 per person, which covers all three days of the conference, all practical building activities along with a range of social events. People buying tickets before Monday, 1 August will be able to take advantage of an early-bird offer and secure their place for only £165. Tickets can be purchased up front, or in three interest-free payments of £55 when bought via PayPal. However, places are limited, so people are advised to book in advance.

In addition, delegates attending the conference are also being invited to submit proposals for presentations and showcase their own work in the field of enrichment. These can be either in the form of 15-minute presentations, 5-minute ‘speed’ presentations or information posters.