If you are flying into Scotland, you will be using the Edinburgh Airport,15 minutes from the

Mercure in Livingston.

Delegates can choose a taxi when they arrive at the airport, or reserve a taxi at a lower fare through

AllFours taxi company (recommended by the Mercure hotel).  AllFours cannot be found at the airport, and must be booked in advance.

Scotland Arrival

The Bear Care Group is pleased to partner with the Five Sisters Zoo to provide a hands-on practical workshop giving delegates a chance to practice welfare assessments after learning about the environmental, physical health, and behavioural needs of bears and how seasonality plays a role in their welfare.

Five Sisters Zoo

Be a part of ABC Scotland.  Submit your presentation or poster abstract.

Submissions are now closed.

ABC Scotland Agenda Overview



Registration extended until

August 31st! 


Click below for registration details.


Conference venue and lodging is located at the Mercure Hotel in Livingston, Scotland. 


Conference Center


Join us October 14th and 15th on post conference excursions to the Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park.

Prices and registration coming soon.  

Post Conference Trips

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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