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What is REEC?
REEC stands for Regional Environmental Enrichment
Conferences. These meetings stem from conversations among delegates at the
International Conference on Environmental Enrichment (ICEE) held in New York, in 2005. A group
of us came up with the idea of forming regional committees (SHAPE—Regionals) to organize
meetings in different regions of the world, with the purpose to interest people
from all aspects of the animal-care industry in the discipline of environmental
The mission of REEC meetings is to provide a venue for
animal carers from smaller regions of the world to meet and discuss
environmental enrichment. We aim to encourage more people to attend enrichment
meetings, speak at the International conferences, and to publish their work in
proceedings and the Shape of Enrichment. ICEE conferences are often only attended
by zoo-based staff, we would like to try and include many of the other
collections within each region such as private collection animal keepers, the
laboratory industry, farming, and the companion animal sectors. Many of these organisations do not have money in their budgets to send animal management staff to
International conferences but it is important that they are involved in current
research, have access to information on enrichment, and share their enrichment
experiences with the rest of us. We can all learn from each other as, in the
end, we are all doing this to improve the welfare of our animals.
conferences have been hosted by:
UK & Ireland
1st UK & Ireland REEC: Paignton Zoo
Environmental Park, Devon, UK (2006)
2nd UK & Ireland REEC: Bristol Zoo
Gardens, Bristol, UK (2008)
3rd UK & Ireland REEC: Marwell Wildlife, Winchester, UK (2010)
4th UK & Ireland REEC: Port Lympne and
Howletts Wild Animal Parks, Aspinall Foundation, Kent, UK (2012)
1st Australasian REEC: Zoos Victoria,
Melbourne Zoo, Australia (2006)
2nd Australasian REEC: Auckland Zoo,
Auckland, New Zealand (2008)
1st Brazilian REEC: Såo Paulo University, São Paulo, Brazil
2nd Brazilian REEC: Såo Paulo University, São Paulo, Brazil
Past REEC Conferences
We are very pleased to announce the following REEC
meetings to be held in the future.
UK & Ireland
3rd Brazilian REEC: Anfiteatro Altino Antunes of the Faculdade de Medicina Veterin‡ria e Zootecnia (College
of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics) of the Universidade de Såo Paulo, Brazil, 29nd to the 30th of September 2012.
Sweden REEC: Skansen Zoo in Stockholm, Sweden, 3rd
to the 4th of September, 2012.
proceedings, workshop and discussion notes from all REEC conferences are made available
to download (free of charge) from the publications
section of this website.
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