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The History of SHAPE—Africa


While Valerie Hare was in South Africa in 2006, discussions with Robynn Ingle-Mšller from the National Zoological Gardens and Marianne de Vries from Royal Canin, led to the conceptualisation of SHAPE—Africa. This regional branch of The Shape of Enrichment, Inc is well placed to deliver the message of enrichment within the African continent.

In February of 2008 a steering committee was formed in order to make this idea a reality.

SHAPE—Africa was launched at the African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZAB) conference in Durban, South Africa in May 2008. 

Valerie conducted workshops prior to the 2008 Animal Keepers Association of Africa (AKAA) conference in September 2008. These workshops were conducted at the National Zoological Gardens, Johannesburg Zoo, de Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust, Sea World and Tenikwa Wildlife Centre.  Valerie also conducted a lecture at the University of Pretoria.


Valerie and SHAPE—Africa will be at the 2009 PAAZAB/ AKAA conference at UWEC, Uganda in May 2009.


Thank you for taking the time to familiarise yourself with this organisation and we look forward to meeting you in the future.


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