[BERG] 4th Student Enviromental Enrichment Course at Howletts and Port Lympne

Mark Kingston Jones mark_jones101 at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Aug 10 08:39:54 BST 2010

Dear All,

Apologies for any cross posting but I would be grateful if you could forward 
this information to any interested parties, as due to demand we have added a new 
SEEC date to our calender for this year from the 20th-23rd of Sept. Although 
this is short notice we already have a substantial reserve list from the last 
course which sold out in 3 weeks, so places are limited.

Details below and appearing soon on our website 

Many thanks and best wishes, Mark

The Fourth Howletts and Port Lympne Student Environmental Enrichment Course 
20th to 23rd September 2010
Instructors: Mark Kingston Jones and Chris Hales
Due to the high demand for places and positive feedback, Howletts and Port 
Lympne Wild Animal Parks are pleased to announce their fourth student course on 
Environmental Enrichment to be run by Mark Kingston Jones and Chris Hales, in 
collaboration with keepers from both institutions.   Mark has been involved in 
the animal welfare field since 2004. He now works at Howletts and Port Lympne as 
‘Enrichment and Research Officer’, organisingworkshops, talks and working with 
keepers to design and implement enrichment ideas. In addition to co-running and 
running the previous three Student Environmental Enrichment Courses, he has been 
involved in two Shape workshops, in the UK and Indonesia and is now the Shape-UK 
& Ireland events co-ordinator.   As well as being an Honorary Research Fellow of 
the School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent, he received two 
animal welfare awards for student research projects, and has presented 9 talks 
on topics relating to animal welfare at conferences, both nationally and 
internationally. Chris contributed heavily to the second and third courses, and 
is now a full instructor, he has been a Keeper at Port Lympne for 12yrs and 
having worked on every section with a multitude of taxa, has a wide range of 
experience in the field of husbandry and enrichment.   He specialisesin 
carnivores and developing long term secondary enrichment to promote natural 
behaviourswhich he has presented at the 2010 REEC. 

This course is designed specifically for college and university students (past 
and 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, dealing with welfare needs of different species, as well 
as providing practical skills in designing, building and testing enrichment 
within the settings of both Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks, in Kent. 
   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.
This course is roughly split equally between lecture and practical components. 
  Lecture topics include: Animal welfare, the 5 categories of enrichment, the 
enrichment framework, animal husbandry and learning, enclosure design and 
breaking into the zoo world.   Additionally there will be Keeper lead talks and 
practicals involving working with carnivores, primates, ungulates, elephant 
management, in-situ conservation, rope splicing and fire hose weaving.    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 one of our animals from a selection of species. 

Please note that delegates are required to provide their own lunches and can 
either bring their own or purchase food from the canteen. Information on 
discounted accommodation including dinner, bed and breakfast is available on 
request and the number of available places is limited, so please book early.
The workshop registration fee of £150 includes:
~ All workshop materials over the 3½ days.
~ Practical sessions.
~ Drinks and biscuits during the scheduled tea breaks.
For further information and to request a booking form please contact: Christine 
Dutfield on:
ccw at aspinallfoundation.org
Please registered as soon as possible to ensure your place at this Course


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