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The Advancing Bear Care Conference returns to the United States April 30-May 4, 2024, in partnership with the Oakland Zoo in California. This year’s theme is “Advancing Bear Care: The Next Level”. In addition to advanced husbandry practices for bears under human care, discussions will also focus on issues faced by wild bears ending up in human care as a result of human-bear conflict. We will have a full-day session exploring how zoos and sanctuaries can support wild bear welfare through collaborations with local Fish & Wildlife and other regulatory agencies. Examples of how zoos and sanctuaries can play an important role in local bear conservation will include public education, messaging, welfare decisions, and ongoing specialized support of rescued bears. ABC 2024 will provide three full days of presentations, posters, and interactive panel discussions. 



Call for Abstracts- Extended until Feb 15th!

Else Poulsen Memorial Grant

Application DUE Feb 1st.

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To receive the BCG hotel room rate (King or limited availability Queen/bunk rooms), book by emailing and mention you are booking for the Bear Care Group Conference by April 8th 2024

Shuttle to and from Zoo provided daily

Hotel Parking:  Moxy Hotel provides valet parking @ $35/day BCG rate



Conference Schedule

Icebreaker: April 30th held at the Moxy Hotel 5-8 PM

Presentations: Held at the Oakland Zoo May 1-3 8 AM - 6 PM

Final Event Dinner: May 3rd 6-9 PM Held at the Moxy Hotel

 May 4th -Free admission to Oakland Zoo (must show name badge at admissions) 

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Conference SHirts

Help support future Advancing Bear Care Conferences by purchasing  BCG merchandise.   

Conference shirts will be on sale during the conference.



Registration Is closed
See you soon at Oakland

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