International    Symposium
Zoo Animal Welfare: Innovations &
Future Directions

June 5-6, 2013     Brookfield Zoo

The Chicago Zoological Society’s Center for the Science of Animal Welfare will host its 2nd International Symposium on Zoo Animal Welfare on June 5 and 6, 2013. The symposium will take place at Brookfield Zoo, located just miles west of downtown Chicago. Leading welfare researchers from a variety of disciplines will gather to discuss future directions for zoo animal welfare science. Zoo welfare scientists will be able to foster connections with researchers investigating laboratory, farm, and companion animal welfare.

      Welfare Symposium Schedule (PDF)

Symposium Categories

Asking the Animals:
Behavioral Assessment of Welfare State

Understanding Interactions
Between Animal Personality and Welfare

Asking People About Animals:
Using and Informing People’s Perceptions of Animal Welfare

Interacting with Animals:
How Human-Animal Relationships Affect Animal Welfare

Meeting Animals’ Needs:
Building and Reinventing Engaging Spaces

Keynote speakers:

Dr. Hannah Buchanan-Smith, University of Stirling
Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Herrelko, Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Dr. Cheryl Meehan, Consultant - Vistalogic Inc.; U. of Calif., Davis
Dr. Terry L. Maple, Florida Atlantic University
Dr. Emily Patterson-Kane, American Veterinary Medical Association
Dr. James Serpell, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Jason Watters, Chicago Zoological Society

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African Painted Dog 2014 Conference

The 2014 Conference will be held at Brookfield Zoo and hosted by Chicago Zoological Society. Meetings will be held at Brookfield Zoo from April 29 –May 2. The SSP Planning Meeting will be on Friday, May 2nd.

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