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Elephant Workshop

Protected Contact Training & Enrichment 

Active Environments is proud to present the second European Protected Contact Training and Enrichment Workshop, hosted by Zoo Zurich, Switzerland. 

november 5-9 2018

This five-day workshop is designed for keepers, managers, supervisors, curators, and veterinarians working with both Asian and African elephants. Workshop curriculum will focus on the fundamentals and practical application of protected contact as a comprehensive system for the management of captive elephants through classroom instructions, discussions, group activities and demonstrations with Asian elephants (bulls and cows).

The workshop will also include the following topics:

  • protected contact facility design
  • effective environmental enrichment
  • behavioural problem solving
  • foot care
  • exercise program design
  • medical management through voluntary cooperation
  • special presentations

The workshop will take place at Zoo Zurich’s unique Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park. The Elephant Park was opened in 2014 and stands for a new era of elephant husbandry at Zoo Zurich providing lots of behavioural opportunities for the elephants and excellent protected contact facilities for a modern and progressive husbandry.

We're fully booked!

The workshop is fully booked and registration is closed. If you wish to get on the waiting list, please send an email with your name and contacts to zoo@zoo.ch and we’ll get in touch with you.

The workshop is fully booked and registration is closed. If you wish to get on the waiting list, please send an email with your name and contacts to zoo@zoo.ch and we’ll get in touch with you.

Registration is limited to 24 participants.

The workshop format is designed to maximize the value to all participants and to address specific situations, problems and objectives. Be prepared to interact, share, and participate to make the experience useful and relevant to you. 

The registration fee of CHF 560.– includes:

  • all workshop materials
  • lunches Monday to Friday, all coffee breaks and 3 dinners (including icebreaker and closing banquet).

Registration closes October 25, 2018.

Please pay workshop fees in Swiss Francs (CHF) by bank transfer:
IBAN CH08 0070 0110 0002 4616 8, BIC ZKBKCHZZ80A
Zürcher Kantonalbank, 8010 Zurich.

  • The Workshop starts with an icebreaker on Sunday evening, November 4 at 6:00 pm.
  • The program starts on Monday morning, November 5 at 8:30 am and ends Friday 15:00 pm.

There are not too many close-by hotels. We recommend you book a hotel in town and come to Zoo Zurich with tram no. 6. The zoo is at the final station of this line. It takes 20 minutes by tram from the city center (see information on public transport).

Arrival from the airport: Take a train/S-Bahn or tram no. 10 to Zurich Main Station (Zurich HB) and then tram no. 6 to the Zoo. Zoo Zurich is at the final station of this tram line.

Find connections

  • Cancelling less than four weeks before course: 25% will be charged
  • Cancelling less than two weeks before course: 50% will be charged
  • Cancelling less than one week before course: 100% will be charged