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The Bear Care Group was delighted to partner with the Romanian Federation of Zoos and Aquaria to bring the Advancing Bear Care 2014 – Romania Workshop, held in Brasov, on October 8-11 to Romania. We would like to thank them for their hard work and dedication in planning and executing all of the logistical details that made this workshop such a success.


Echipa Bear Care Group a fost incantata sa aiba ca partener Federatia Gradinilor Zoologice si Acvariilor din Romania pentru organizarea Workshopului-Asigurarea bunastarii la ursi, eveniment ce a avut loc in Brasov, Romania, intre 8-11 octombrie 2014. Dorim sa le multumim pe aceasta cale pentru munca si dedicatia cu care au planificat si realizat toate detaliile logistice ce au facut din acest workshop un succes.




Bears living in wild environments express daily and seasonal routines as dictated by their genetic programming. Captive bears experience the same drives and will set up similar living routines when given the internal and external environment to do so. The ability to express species-specific behaviors reduces stressors inherent in captive living and promotes physical and mental health. At this dynamic bear husbandry workshop we presented the principles of behavior-based bear husbandry, environmental enrichment, operant conditioning, and veterinary care.  We further explored wild bear behavior, enclosure design and redesign, furnishing a bear enclosure, enrichment programming, bear nutrition and diet, daily and seasonal husbandry routines, integration and social groupings, operant conditioning to promote husbandry, and veterinary and bear welfare practices.



Ursii din natura manifesta rutine zilnice si sezoniere programate genetic. Ursii din captivitate traiesc aceleasi porniri si isi vor stabili rutine similare daca mediul intern si extern vor permite aceasta. Capacitatea de a-si exprima comportamente specifice speciei reduce stresul mostenit la animalele captive si promoveaza sanatatea psihica si fizica. In cadrul acestui workshop de ingrijire a ursilor am prezentat principiile: ingrijirii bazate pe studiul comportamentului, conditilonarii operante, enrichmentului si ingrijirii veterinare. Am abordat subiecte precum: comportamentul ursilor salbatici, design-ului si redesign-ul amplasamentelor, mobilarea amplasamentelor, programul  de enrichment, nutritia si dieta ursilor, rutinele zilnice si sezoniere ale acestora, integrarea unor indivizi noi in grup, gruparea sociala, folosirea conditionarii operante pentru ingrijirea animalelor, practici de bunastare si ingrijire veterinara.




International delegates arrived in Romania from eleven different countries including Italy, Austria, Kosovo, Georgia, USA, Scotland, England, and Canada from organizations as variedas zoos, sanctuaries, and animal welfare groups. Romania was well represented with managers, veterinarians, and zookeepers from the Baneasa Zoo, Sibiu Zoo, Galati Zoo, Turda Zoo, and Ploiesti Zoo. .  We thank you for participating by sharing your knowledge and challenges, all with the aim of helping the bears in your charge back home. It was an incredible time of networking and lending support between like-minded bear caregivers.



La workshop au participat delegati din 11 tari incluzand: Italia, Austria, Albania, Georgia, USA, UK, Canada, reprezentand numeroase organizatii, gradini zoologice, sanctuare si grupuri de protectia animalelor. Romania a fost reprezentata de directori, veterinari si ingrijitori din:, Zoo Turda,  Zoo Baneasa,, Zoo Sibiu,  Zoo  Galati, Zoo Brasov, Zoo Ploiesti. Va multumim tuturor pentru participare si pentru ca v-ati impartasit cunostiintele si experientele,cu scopul de a ajuta ursii de care aveti grija. A fost a conexiune extraordinara intre oameni ce au in grija ursi si care gandesc la fel in aceasta privinta. 


Without sponsors an educational event such as this could not take place. We wish to thank Hauser Bears for their generous steadfast support of the Bear Care Group’s educational programs and projects.  Thank you also to the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) for their kind donation of a travel bursary which helped to bring speakers to the event to teach. We very much appreciate the donation of digital equipment by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) which assisted us in providing educational materials to all of the delegates. We wish to gratefully acknowledge the support of Adrian Atomei Vice Mayor and the City of Brasov.And we wish to thank  Dumitru Danes, Alin Pinzaru, and the staff of the Brasov Zoo for hosting the practicums and assisting with the many details of conference planning. Thank you also to Iulian Mironescu and the wonderful staff of the Kronwell Hotel for allowing us significant discounts making this doable, and for the incredible customer service. We appreciate the kindness of Cristina Lapis, founder of the Libearty Bear Sanctuary, for allowing our delegates a complimentary post-conference tour of this beautiful facility.


Fara sponsori un eveniment educativ ca acesta nu poate avea loc. Dorim sa multumim Hauser Bear pentru sustinerea generoasa a programelor educationale si a proiectelor Bear Care Group. Multumim Asociatiei Gradinilor Zoologie si Acvariilor din Europa -EAZA pentru donatia generoasa ce a contribuit la aducerea speakerilor in Romania. Apreciem in mod deosebit, donatia in echipament digital facuta de IFAW-Fondul International pentru Bunastarea Animalelor care ne ajuta sa oferim materiale educative tuturor delegatilor. Suntem recunoscatori pentru  sprijinul acordat d-nului viceprimar Adrian Atomei si Primariei Brasov. Dormim sa multumim  d-nului Dumitru Danes, d-nului Alin Pinzaru si intregii echipe Zoo Brasov pentru gazduirea partii practice a workshopului si pentru ajutorul oferit in desfasurarea acestui eveniment. Multumim de asemenea, d-nului Iulian Mironescu si minunatei echipe a Hotelului Kronwell Brasov pentru reducerile oferite si pentru serviciile de un nivel excelent pe care ni le-au asigurat. Apreciem generozitatea d-nei Cristina Lapis, fondatorul Sanctuarului Liberty de la Zarnesti, care a oferit delegatilor posibilitatea de a vizita sanctuarul la sfarsitul conferintei.     



The Advancing Bear Care conferences and workshops are powered entirely by volunteers.  Prior to the workshop, volunteers worked tirelessly across borders and oceans to put together a workshop that provided a format for learning, information sharing, and networking to further captive bear care globally.  We wish to thank and highlight the tremendous effort by Dana Canari, Vice President of the Romanian Federation of Zoos and Aquaria, for her leadership and tireless effort in planning the workshop.  We also wish to recognize the special efforts of Dana and Vlad Vancia for their long hours of work translating the presentations and abstracts, as well as Angela Gibson for putting together the translated power points and compiling the program materials on flash drives for each delegate.  We also wish to extend our appreciation to Serban Madalin and Marius Popescu for their efforts.


Workshopurile “Asigurarea bunastarii la ursi” au la baza numai munca voluntarilor. Mult inainte de fiecare workshop, voluntarii lucreaza neobosit peste granite si oceane, pentru a planifica workshopuri ce ofera un format pentru invatare, impartasirea informatiilor si relationare in privinta  ingrijirii ursilor captivi din toate colturile planetei. Dorim sa evidentiem efortul extraordinar depus de Dana Canari, vicepresedintele Federatiei Gradinilor Zoologice si Acvariilor din Romania si sa-i multumim  pentru munca neobosita si coordonarea planificarii acestui eveniment. De asemenea,, dorim sa  recunoastem efortul deosebit depus de Dana Canari si Vlad Vancia care au tradus  prezentarile si abstactele si al Angelei Gibson care a adaugat traducerile in toate prezentarile si a incarcat materialele pe stick-urile oferite fiecarui delegat. Le multumim pentru ajutor si lui Madalin Serban si Marius Popescu. 



Our speakers provided years of education and practical experience in their programs and workshops. Thank you to all for their hard work and dedication.


Heather Bacon, BSc (Hons), BVSc, CertZooMed MRCVS, is the Veterinary Welfare Education and Outreach Manager at the University of Edinburgh’s Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education, a position supported by the Animals Asia Foundation. She lectures on captive wildlife welfare issues, and has worked with the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens (CAZG), Shape of Enrichment and Animals Asia to improve zoo animal welfare in China. She has also worked with the European Commission to develop continuing education on captive wildlife welfare in Europe, and provides consultancy services to zoos and NGO’s on bear husbandry and welfare issues. Previously, she worked as the Veterinary Director at the Animals Asia Foundation, an NGO working to end the trade in bear bile across Asia.  Heather is on the Board of Directors of the Bear Care Group.


Sally Binding has been recently appointed as the EAZA Animal Welfare Training Officer, based at the EAZA Executive Office, Amsterdam. Sally holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Bath, UK and an MSc in Wild Animal Biology from the Royal Veterinary College, London and Zoological Society of London. Prior to joining the EAZA team, Sally worked as a Lecturer in Animal Management at Sparsholt College, UK and as a Bear Manager at Animals Asia’s China Bear Rescue Centre, where she also coordinated the enrichment program. The bear center cares for 147 bears rescued from the traditional Chinese medicine trade and two rescued Tibetan macaques. Through both her employment and volunteer work, Sally has worked in a diverse array of environments. This includes volunteering as a coral reef research diver in Madagascar, as an outreach education teacher in Zambia, with cheetah and African wild dogs in South Africa; and volunteering at Paignton, London, Whipsnade and Australia Zoos. Sally’s particular interest is in the application of environmental enrichment and awareness of animal sentience to promote animal welfare best-practices.


Shirley (and Brian) Curran established a Garden Centre in 1993 that soon became a rescue center for unwanted, abandoned or neglected animals.  The facility became licensed as the Five Sisters Zoo in 2005 operating as a non-profit organization. The zoo’s mission is to provide a safe sanctuary for rescued wildlife and to continue its involvement with the conservation of endangered species. A personal goal for the couple was to one day help the plight of captive bears. Their dream came true on March 29th, 2012, when they gave three rescued circus bears a permanent home at the zoo.

Angela Kyle became involved with the Five Sisters Zoo as a volunteer in 2011 after learning about the fundraising appeal to rescue and re-home three ex-circus bears. She was instrumental in securing material contributions from a major construction company, thus saving the zoo thousands of pounds in the construction of the bear enclosure.  She is a volunteer bear caregiver and participates in weekly behavior observations.


Valerie Hare, B.Sc., A.A.S., co-founded The Shape of Enrichment, Inc. in 1991. Currently, she acts as the organization's Chief Financial Officer, Shape Workshop Coordinator, and Website Manager. Valerie has served on the International Conference on Environmental Enrichment Committee (ICEE) since 1997. In 2000, Valerie presented the first Shape of Enrichment Workshop, which is designed to assist interested animal caretakers in creating and maintaining enrichment plans for the animals in their care. Since then, Shape of Enrichment Workshops have been held in over twenty countries around the world.  Valerie has worked as a Research Animal Care Supervisor (Massachusetts General Hospital), Zoo Keeper (San Diego Wild Animal Park), Giant Panda Behavioral Research Technician (San Diego Zoo), and an Enrichment Consultant. As an enrichment consultant she has worked with giant pandas, polar, brown, Andean, sun, and moon bears. Valerie has published numerous articles on enrichment (in both technical and peer-reviewed literature) and acted as the editor for five ICEE conference proceedings.


Cristina Lapis was born in Brasov, Romania in 1955 and she studied foreign trade in Bucharest. As a child she rescued and recovered animals in need that crossed her path including dogs, cats, birds and others but she did not think then that she would be the founder of two internationally recognized animal shelters: i/ the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti, and ii/ the Dog Shelter Triage in Brasov for feral street dogs and cats. Cristina emigrated from Romania in 1989 and returned after revolution in 1991 with her husband who was the French Consul to Romania, because she wanted to help the reconstruction of her country after so many years of communism. She founded the first animal welfare association in Romania named Milioane de Prieteni in 1997. With the help of her friend Brigitte Bardot she began to save stray dogs and built the shelter that year. In 2005 she began construction of the bear sanctuary when she found herself rescuing caged bears in Brasov and the surrounding area. She promised a bear named Maya, who died in her arms, that no other bear would die due to substandard care in the Brasov area. Considering her life’s work Cristina comments, “I consider myself a normal human being. I don’t think I have done anything extraordinary saving animals. It is our duty as citizens of the earth to protect all the creatures and the nature which is our home.” Cristina and her organizations are focusing their future efforts on animal welfare education because the only way to change attitudes is to change the minds of people.


Else Poulsen B.Sc., Dipl. Zookeeping, began her career in the early 1980's working as a field biologist in Canada's montane, boreal, and prairie ecozones. Then she became a zookeeper at the Calgary Zoo working with a wide variety of animal species. Else specialized in captive bear behavior, husbandry, and management. She researched aberrant behaviors in captive bears and published her findings. She has worked at the Calgary and Detroit Zoos, and several other bear specialist facilities in Canada. As the founding consultant for Behavioral & Environmental Solutions she provides expertise in modernizing bear husbandry, enrichment programming, and enclosure design/redesign to zoos, sanctuaries, and rehabilitation facilities around the world. Else is published in scientific and technical journals, the media, and has authored books including Smiling Bears – A Zookeeper Explores the Behavior and Emotional Life of Bears (2009) and Bärle’s Story – One Polar Bear’s Amazing Recovery from Life as a Circus Act (2014). Else is the founding President of the Bear Care Group.


Jason Pratte (Jay), B.Sc., M.A., has been an animal caregiver for over two decades working with all eight bear species. His primary focus is the training of animals and their caregivers in behaviors that improve husbandry and accomplish complex medical procedures such as blood draws. Jay has trained animal care staff in operant conditioning techniques at major facilities around the world including the Chengdu Panda Reproduction Facility in China. This work was featured in the Animal Planet program "Growing Up Panda". He has held positions at numerous Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facilities including the Calgary Zoo, the Little Rock Zoo, and Zoo Atlanta. Currently he is the Animal Training Coordinator at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.  Jay serves with the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) on their National Behavioral Management and Grants Committees. He is published in peer-reviewed technical journals, and co-edits the Training Tales column in the AAZK journal Animal Keepers Forum. Jay is a founding Director of the Bear Care Group and is currently serving as the Vice president of the organization.


Vlad Vancia has been working at Zoo Turda  for six years. He was hired after two years of enrichment research with lynx, wolves and foxes at the zoo as a biology student. Vlad holds an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and he is currently working on his PhD on dog behavior and welfare. Thanks to The Shape of Enrichment and BIAZA he was introduced to the basics of positive reinforcement training at the 3rd Southeast Asian Animal Enrichment and Training Workshop at Ocean Adventure - Philippines. His main interests would be optimizing the human-animal interaction by developing species appropriate enrichment and ways to asses this for captive and domestic animals, and to research optimal welfare for animals that interact with and depend on humans. He spent a few weeks as a volunteer at the Budapest Zoo and Tiergarten Schonbrunn (Vienna Zoo), learning how a modern zoo works.        



Speakerii acestui eveniment au impartasit in timpul prezentarilor si workshopurilor cunostiintele si experienta practica acumulate in ani de studiu. Le multumim tuturor pentru munca si dedicatie!


D-na Heather Bacon, licentiata in Stiinte veterinare, Manager de educatie in bunastare si comunicare la Universitatea Edinburgh-Centrul International Jeanne Marching de Educare in Bunastarea  Animalelor, pozitie sustinuta de Fundatia Animals Asia. D-na Beacon preda  cursuri de bunastarea animalelor in captivitate, a colaborat cu Asociatia Gradinilor Zoologice din China, cu Shape of Enrichment si Fundatia Animal Asia intr-un proiect de imbunatatire a conditiilor animalelor din gradinile zoologice din China. A colaborat si cu Comisia Europeana pentru dezvoltarea unui program de educare continua pe tema bunastarii animalelor salbatice din captivitate si ofera consultanta gradinilor zoologice si ONG-urilor pe tema bunastarii ursilor. A lucrat ca Director veterinar la Fundatia Animals Asia, ONG ce lupta impotriva traficului cu bila de urs in Asia. De asemenea, d-na Beacon este membru in Consiliul director al Bear Care Group.     


D-na Sally Binding a fost numita de curand Training officer pe tema bunastarii in cadrul EAZA Academy care isi are centrul la Biroul Executiv al EAZA, in Amsterdam. Sally este licentiata in bilogie la Universitatea din Bath, UK si are masterul in biologia animalelor salbatice la Colegiul Veterinar Regal, London and Zoological Society of London. Inainte sa se alature echipei EAZA, Sally a lucrat ca lector in Managementul Animalelor la Colegiul Sparsholt, Uk si Bear Manager la Centrul de salvare a ursilor din China, al Fundatiei Animal Asia unde a coordonat si programul de enrichment. La Centrul exista 147 de ursi salvati din comertul cu animale utilizate in medicina traditionala chineza si 2 macaci tibetani. Atat in munca curenta cat si in cea de voluntariat, Sally a lucrat in diverse medii. Astfel, a fost cercetator voluntar  la reciful de corali din Madagascar, profesor educator in Zambia, a lucrat cu gheparzi si caini salbatici in Africa de Sud, ca volunatar la Zoo Paington si Zoo Whipsnade in UK si la Zoo Australia. Temele de care este interesata Sally includ aplicarea enrichmentului si constientizarea privitoare la sentimentele animalelor pentru promovarea celor mai bune practici de asigurare a bunastarii.      


D-na Sherly (si Brian) Curran au infiintat Garden Center in 1993 care a devenit curand un centru de salvare pentru animale nedorite, abandonate si neglijate. Institutia a devenit autorizata in 2005 sub numele de Zoo Five Sisters si functioneaza ca o organizatie non-profit. Misiunea gradinii este sa ofere un adapost sigur pentru animale salbatice si sa continue sa se implice in conservarea speciilor amenintate. Un scop personal al celor doi fondatori este de a salva ursi aflati in conditii dificile de captivitate. Visul acesta s-a implinit in 2012 cand au putut sa le ofere celor trei ursi o casa permanenta. Angela Kyle si-a inceput colaborarea cu Zoo Five Sisters ca voluntar in 2011, dupa ce a aflat de strangerea de fonduri pentru salvarea si relocarea celor trei fosti ursi de circ. Ea a obtinut materiale de constructii de la o companie  de profil importanta ceea ce a dus la economisirea a mii de lire. Este ingrijitor voluntar la ursi  si studiaza comportamentul acestora prin observatii saptamanale.   


D-na Valerie Hare, licentiata in Animal Science, co fondator al Shape of Enrichment. In prezent, este directorul economic al acestei organizatii, coordonatorul workshopurilor si managerul website-ului SE. Din 1997 este membru in Comitetul organizator al Conferintei Internationale de Environmental Enrichment. In anul 2000, Valerie a organizat primul workshop Shape of Enrichment, care este creat pentru a veni in intampinarea ingrijitorilor de animale interesati de organizarea si mentinerea unor programe  de enrichment. De atunci, aceste workshopuri au fost organizate in mai mult de 20 de tari. Valerie a lucrat ca supervisor –Research Animal Care la Spitalul Massachusetts, ca ingrijitor in Parcul de animale salbatice din San Diego, a lucrat ca cercetator pe probleme de comportament al ursilor Panda la Zoo San Diego si este consultant pe probleme de enrichment. A lucrat cu urmatoarele specii: Panda, urs polar, urs brun, urs Andean , urs malaezian, urs asiatic, urs negru cu ochelari. De asemenea, Valerie a publicat numeroase articole despre enrichment si este editor pentru cinci editii post conferinta ICEE.


D-na Cristina Lapis s-a nascut in Brasov, in 1955 si a studiat comertul international la Bucuresti. Pe cand era copil a salvat si recuperat animale cu probleme, caini, pisici, pasari si altele, dar nu s-a gandit niciodata ca va deveni fondatoarea a doua adaposturi recunoscute international i/ Sanctuarul de ursi Liberty de la Zarnesti si ii/ Adapostul de caini si pisici Triaj, Brasov. Cristina a emigrat in 1989 si s-a intors dupa Revolutie, in 1991, impreuna cu sotul sau care era consulul Frantei in Romania, din dorinta de a ajuta la reconstructia tarii sale dupa atatia ani de comunism. A infiintat prima asociatie de protectia animalelor din Romania, in 1997. Cu ajutorul prietenei sale d-na Brigitte Bardot, a inceput sa salveze caini comunitari si in acelasi an a construit adapostul. In 2005 a inceput construirea sanctuarului de ursi unde a inceput sa salveze ursi tinuti in custi din Brasov si din imprejurimi. A promis unei ursoaice pe nume Maya care a murit in bratele sale, ca nici un alt urs nu va mai muri in zona Brasovului, datorita lipsei de ingrijire. Referindu-se la munca sa de-o viata Cristina spune “ Ma consider o fiinta umana normala. Nu cred ca am facut nimic extraordinar salvand animale. Este datoria noastra ca cetateni ai planetei sa protejam toate creaturile si natura ce ne este casa.” Cristina si organizatia sa isi vor concentra eforturile viitoare pe educarea publicului cu privire la bunastarea animalelor deoarece singurul mod de a schimba  atitudinea oamenilor este sa le schimbi modul de gandire.


D-na Else Poulsen, licentiata in Studiul Animalelor, si-a inceput cariera in anii 80 lucrand ca biolog in ecozonele montana, boreala si de preerie. Ulterior, s-a angajat ca ingrijitor la Zoo Calgary unde a lucrat cu numeroase specii. Este specializata in studiul comportamentului, ingrijirea si managementul ursilor. A studiat comportamentele aberante la ursii din captivitate si a publicat rezultatele acestor studii. A lucrat si la Zoo Detroit si in alte institutii specializate in ursi. Fiind consultant in probleme de comportament si de mediu, ofera expertiza in ingrijirea ursilor, programe de enrichment, designul si redesignul amplasamentelor in gradini zoologice, sanctuare si centre de reabilitare din toata lumea. Are numeroase lucrari publicare in jurnale stiintifice, reviste de specialitate si este autoarea cartilor “Ursii care zambesc un ingrijitor exploreaza viata emotionala si comportamentul ursilor”-2009 si “Povestea lui Barle-refacerea miraculoasa a unui urs polar salvat de la circ”-2014. Else este presedinte fondator al Bear Care Group. 


D-nul Jason Pratte (Jay), licentiat in Studiul animalelor, a lucrat in cei 20 de ani de experienta cu toate cele opt specii de ursi.  Este specializat in trainingul animalelor si al ingrijitorilor acestora in proceduri de ingrijire si de asistenta medicala (ex.recoltare sange). Jay a predat aceste procedure in gradini zoologice in toata lumea, chiar si in Sanctuarul de reproducere a ursilor Panda de la Chengdu- experienta prezentata de Animal Planet in seria “Growing up Panda”. A fost angajat in numeroase institutii membre a AZA (Asociatia Gradinilor Zoologice si Acvariilor), de exemplu Zoo Calgary, Zoo Little Rock, Zoo Atlanta. In prezent, este coordonator al programului de training la Zoo Omaha Doorly si membru in Comitetul de Management comportamental si de burse. A publicat numeroase articole in reviste de specialitate si este co-editor in AAZK Journal Animal Keepers Forum. De asemenea, este director fontator al Bear Care Group si vicepresedinte al acestei organizatii.


D-nul Vlad Vancia lucrează la grădina zoologică din Turda de 6 ani. A fost angajat după ce a petrecut 2 ani, ca şi student la biologie, studiind efectele enrichmentului asupra râşilor, lupilor şi vulpilor din zoo. A terminat un master în conservarea biodiversităţii şi momentan îşi face doctoratul din comportamentul şi bunăstarea câinilor. Cu ajutorul The Shape of Enrichment şi BIAZA a fost introdus în bazele dresajului prin metode de condiţionare operant pozitivă la cel de-al 3lea “Southeast Asian Animal Enrichment and Training Workshop de la Ocean Adventure - Filipine”. Principalele sale interese sunt optimizarea interacţiunii om-animal prin dezvoltarea unui enrichment specific speciei şi evaluarea acestuia la animale sălbatice captive şi domestice şi cercetarea în domeniul bunăstării optime a animalelor care interacţionează şi depind de om. A petrecut câteva săptămâni ca şi voluntar la Zoo Budapesta şi Zoo Viena, învăţând cum funcţionează o grădină zoologică modernă.



Afternoons consisted of workshops where delegates could present real-life bear care problems and possible solutions were discussed as they related to behavior-based husbandry, environmental enrichment, operant conditioning or veterinary care.  Focus was placed on the problem-solving method of reviewing natural history, individual history and current conditions for each animal discussed.



Dupa-amiezele au fost organizate workshopuri in care delegatii au putut prezenta probleme reale pentru care s-au discutat solutii aplicand principiile ingrijirii bazate pe comportament, enrichmentului, conditionarii operante si ingrijirii veterinare. Accentul a fost pus pe metoda rezolvarii problemelor tinand cont de istoria naturala a speciei, de istoricul individului si de situatia curenta a animalului luat in discutie. 


On Friday, October 10th, delegates spent the day at Brasov Zoo learning how to prepare enrichment and attending animal training demonstrations and health assessments.  Delegates rolled up their sleeves and put together log feeders, lunch boxes, olfactory bags, lunch sacks, and cut browse which they provided to the bears at the end of the day.  Jay Pratte demonstrated training basics with a bear, a tiger and a jaguar, while Dr. Heather Bacon performed a health assessment on each animal.  Working in tandem in this way, these two professionals illustrated the importance of team work to reduce the stressors inherent in captive living for bears.


Vineri, 10 octombrie, delegatii au petrecut ziua la Zoo Brasov invatand cum sa realizeze enrichmentul si asistand la demonstratii de training si evaluare a sanatatii unui animal. Participantii si-au suflecat manecile si au construit:  hranitori din busteni, cutii cu mancare, saci pentru enrichment olfactiv, au taiat crengi-toate acestea fiind oferite ursilor la finalul zilei. Jay Pratte a exemplificat bazele training-ului la ursi, tigri si jaguar in timp ce dr. Heather Bacon a evaluat sanatatea fiecarui animal,  Lucrand in colaborare, acesti doi profesionisti au demonstrate importanta muncii in echipa pentru reducerea factorilor de stres mostenit in captivitate.



On Saturday, October 11th, Libearty Bear Sanctuary graciously hosted our delegates, allowing us the opportunity to view their beautiful sanctuary and learn about the bears that now call this sanctuary their home.  Libearty is currently home to 80 bears and 4 wolves living in 69 hectares of forest at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains in Zarnesti, near Brasov, Romania.



Sambata, 11 octombrie, Sanctuarul de ursi de la Zarnesti, a gazduit cu amabilitate vizita delegatilor, oferindu-le posibilitatea de a vedea frumosul sanctuar si de a invata despre ursii care acum numesc acest loc- casa. Liberty este in prezent casa pentru 80 de ursi si 4 lupi care traiesc pe 69 de hectare de padure la picioarele Carpatilor, in Zarnesti, langa Brasov.