(10/20/2013) The Animal Training and Enrichment Conference 2013 (ATEC-2013) hosted by the Bali Safari & Marine Park have secured two world-renowned keynote facilitators for the coming conference to be held in Bali December 1-5, 2013.
In hosting the coming conference, Taman Safari Indonesia is demonstrating their commitment to animal management and animal by hosting the first ‘Animal Training & Enrichment Conference’ - ATEC2013 that aims to bring a specialized group of international experts to share their wealth of experience and provide a training and development opportunity for zoo professionals.
Slated to play key roles as facilitators in the coming conference are animal trainer extraordinaire Steve Martin of Natural Encounters, Inc. together with Valerie Hare of Shape of Enrichment – both of whom bring a wealth of expertise in the fields of animal training & enrichment.
Steve Martin - Natural Encounters, Inc.
Steve Martin began his professional animal training career when he set up the first-of-its-kind free-flight bird show at the San Diego Wild Animal Park in 1976. The show gained world acclaim for its unique ability to combine the entertainment of birds performing natural behaviors with an inspirational conservation messages.
In 1984 Martin branched out and began teaching animal keepers the art and science of behavior change to enhance the husbandry, enrichment, and behavioral management of exhibit animals. During his distinguished career he has served as an animal behavior and visitor experience consultant for some 100 zoological facilities in over 20 countries. Steve is an instructor at the AZA Animal Training School, an instructor at the Elephant Management School in Hamburg Germany, a Trustee with the World Parrot Trust, and President of both Natural Encounters, Inc. (NEI) and Natural Encounters Conservation Fund, Inc. (NECF) - a company dedicated to raising money for conservation programs. NECF has now raised and donated well over one million dollars to in situ conservation programs around the world.
Natural Encounters, Inc. has a strong commitment to conservation and helping people understand their relationship with the living earth.
The Mission Statement of NEI is “Connecting Humans with the Natural World.”
Valerie J. Hare – The Shape of Enrichment, Inc.
“Environmental enrichment” has become a well-known buzz phrase in the world’s zoological, laboratory, farm, and companion animal institutions. Accordingly, many of these organizations now have regulations providing for the enrichment to animals in captivity.
Valerie J. Hare who will join ATEC 2013 as a keynote facilitator has experience as a research animal care supervisor, zookeeper, behavioral research technician and enrichment consultant. Valerie currently serves on the International Conference on Environmental Enrichment Committee (ICEE) and Bear Care Group BOD. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology and an Associate Degree as a veterinary technician.
In 1991, Valerie Hare and Karen Worley were inspired to create a useful publication to share knowledge and expertise with workers in the animal care industry and co-founded The Shape of Enrichment, Inc. – a company dedicated to furthering environmental enrichment efforts on behalf of captive animals everywhere.
Valerie and her team, work to support staff in zoos, parks and sanctuaries across the globe in providing the best environments for the animals in their care. Valerie has instructed numerous enrichment workshops in Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Georgia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Philippines, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States and Viet Nam.
The Shape of Enrichment teams are also dedicated to assisting volunteers who are committed to improving animal welfare, further cementing its reputation as a leading international animal enrichment organization.
ATEC 2013 in Bali
Registrations are flowing in quickly for what promises to be a major event for all involved in the care and enrichment of captive animals. The December conference will be centered at Bali’s Taman Safari and Marine Park that will serve as the setting for the entertainment and networking sessions that will complement a full program of seminars and hands-on workshops.
Early bird discounts are available through September 30, 2013.
Attractive accommodation packages available.