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Australasian Regional Environmental Enrichment Conferences (REEC Australasia)

SHAPE—Australasia Regional Environmental Enrichment Conferences


The 1st Australasian Regional Environmental Enrichment Conference

The 1st REEC was held at Melbourne Zoo, Australia in November 2006 and was a great success. Guest speakers included Valerie Hare, Margaret Hawkins, Kerrie Haynes-Lovell, Dr Angus Martin and Dr Vicky Melfi.


The 2nd Australasian Regional Environmental Enrichment Conference

The 2nd REEC was held in November 2008, with Auckland Zoo being the proud host. With the theme of the three day conference was “A Holistic Approach to Environmental Enrichment”, over 80 delegates from throughout the region attended. Two keynote speakers presented at the conference; Dr Lorne Roberts from the School of Natural Sciences at Unitec New Zealand and Bruce Murdock, Carnivore Manager at Australia Zoo. The 14 papers which were presented covered a wide range of species and enrichment topics and led to interesting and diverse discussions amongst delegates at the workshops held in the latter stages of the conference. The organising committee were delighted at the level of support and enthusiastic participation received from the Australasia region.


The proceedings and/or abstracts from all REEC conferences are made available to download (free of charge) from the publications section of this website.


Also, a personal account of the conferences written by committee members can be found here.



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       Melbourne Zoo conference delegates


 Conference Delegates with Auckland Zoo’s  

            elephants Kashin and Burma



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