ABC 2019


The Bear Care Group is pleased to announce our 2019 Advancing Bear Care conference in Scotland, UK 9th –13th October, in partnership with the Five Sisters Zoo and the UK Bear Husbandry Group. The conference theme is ‘A bear for all seasons’ where we will be exploring the impact of time and geography on bear husbandry. The conference will explore the importance of seasonality - in the literal sense such as in the seasonal management of our temperate bear species, and also across the species as we explore excellence in both temperate and tropical bear husbandry. Please join us and consider submitting your own work within this theme, for presentation at the conference!

Zoological Consultant

Douglas Richardson 

October 10th, 2019

Keynote Speaker

Ursid Extremes: An historic overview of polar bear and sun bear management and how we need to address their care in a changing climate.

Douglas Richardson has been working in zoos and on various conservation projects around the world for over 40 years.  Currently he consults on a range of international programs from the
European Zoo Association’s polar bear breeding program to leopard reintroduction projects in the Russian Far East and Saudi Arabia.

BIAZA Certificate Session

BIAZA Certification Session

Throughout the Conference

This year’s Advancing Bear Care Conference incorporates a BIAZA-approved welfare assessment session.  We will explore what welfare assessment means for your bears, discuss a tool that you can use in assessing welfare in your own bears, and work with the Five Sisters Zoo to demonstrate bear welfare assessment. Participants will receive a BIAZA certificate and have the opportunity to participate in a research project at the University of Edinburgh, validating a welfare assessment tool for bears in zoos. 

Human Behavior Change for Animals

Suzanne Rogers

October 13th, 2019

HBCA strives for the understanding of human behavior change and the application of its principles to be truly integrated into all sectors of human-animal interaction, services, charities and campaign organisations.  

Suzanne Rogers is the co-director of HBCA and will be discussing how to impart change back at your own facility. 

The Bear Care Group is a non-profit group dedicated to the continued organization of international bear husbandry conferences, programs, publications, and resources for bear caregivers at sanctuaries, rehabilitation facilities, and zoos. This website provides the most recent information and easy access to all conference needs including; conference and hotel registration, transportation info, and more.

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