Wild Welfare is already planning for 2017 and it is set to be another busy year. The team have made plans for training in Vietnam in April, as a result of their collaboration with the Southeast Asian Zoos and Aquariums Association (SEAZA).
Conducting welfare training, audit training and enrichment workshops, are all key aspects of our charity’s work. By teaching and empowering the zoo staff who directly care for captive animals on a daily basis, we are able to help demonstrate the importance of good animal welfare and make significant and positive changes to zoo animals’ lives.
Welfare auditing training course
We are very pleased to have been asked to present a training course to SEAZA conference participants at one of their events. The course will take place at the new Vietnamese Zoo, Vinpearl Safari, on the island of Phú Quốc. Our directors, Dave Morgan and Georgina Allen, will both present on the subject of animal welfare auditing, to SEAZA attendees.
Mrs Allen said: “We have been working hard this year to make new relationships with SEAZA associates, all the time with our focus on helping facilities improve their animal welfare. By conducting welfare auditing training with SEAZA members, staff can gain a thorough understanding of audit essentials, which in turn helps ensure animals in Asian zoos can benefit in terms of welfare.”
Thai zoo welfare audits
The Zoological Park Organization of Thailand (ZPO), has invited Wild Welfare to conduct welfare audits on two Thai zoos. Our team has done limited work in Thailand to date, so the chance to work with some of the country’s facilities on improving zoo standards is very welcome news.
Mr Morgan said: “Some Thai animal collections have made the news headlines in the past, both for human and animal welfare safety concerns. The opportunity to work with facilities and carry out welfare audits of their premises, enables us to help them build on their existing standards of animal health and welfare, making improvement recommendations wherever necessary.”
Look out for news about more 2017 activities in the coming weeks on our news page here.