American Zoo and Aquarium Association Annual Conference that year, David
Shepherdson presented a paper on enrichment. He ended by identifying a need for
effective communication among those practicing enrichment, to share ideas about
what does and doesn’t work. Karen
Worley and Valerie
Hare were in the
audience and each thought, “I can do that!” Independently, but within minutes
of each other, both approached Gary Priest, the San Diego Zoo’s enrichment
curator, for advice about creating and funding such an endeavor. Gary literally
took a step back and said “Karen Worley meet Valerie Hare. You two need to
talk!” And Shape was born!
issue of The
Shape of Enrichment was published and distributed. That year, the
Enrichment Video Library was also established, later co-sponsored by the
American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK).
The Shape of
the official publication and, in 1997, the official website of The
International Conference on Environmental Enrichment (ICEE),
and Karen Worley and Valerie Hare were invited to become members of the ICEE
of Enrichment became a non-profit corporation. David Shepherdson agreed to
serve on its board of directors, along with Karen Worley and Valerie Hare.
of Enrichment went online with a website and e-mail address!
of Enrichment published the Proceedings of the 3rd ICEE Conference
(held in 1997). Since then, Shape has published the proceedings
for the 1999, 2001, and 2007 ICEE conferences.
of Enrichment conducted its first enrichment mini-course during the Brazilian
Zoo Congress in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. That mini-course has evolved into The
Shape of Enrichment Workshop, designed to assist
animal caretakers in creating and assessing enrichment plans. Since then, Shape
numerous workshops have been held in Brazil, South Africa, Uganda, Chile,
Philippines, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, and United States of America.
The first Shape—Regional,
UK-Ireland, was created, originally as a REEC. Three
additional Regionals, Africa, Australasia, and
Brazil, had been formed by the end of 2007.
Core Group was formed to guide The Shape of Enrichment through its current
growth, ultimately providing more services to better meet the enrichment needs
of animal caretakers around the world.
30, we launched the first phase of the new website, created to facilitate the
projects and services undertaken by the Core Group. This user-friendly site
includes significant information not available on the old site (e.g.,
enrichment basics, safety, the regionals, the
organization, our volunteers, and more!). Future releases will offer even more
information, some in searchable database format, for both professional and
amateur animal caretakers. Stay tuned!