Detroit Zoological Society CEO and Executive Director Ron Kagan discusses the importance of animal welfare and ensuring that animals in captivity are thriving.
Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director Ron Kagan shared a view of the future that includes a different relationship between human and non-human animals. Zoos will demonstrate a fundamental commitment to being "patient-centered” – ensuring a great quality of life for every single animal in a zoo.
Dr. Stephanie Allard, director of animal welfare for the Detroit Zoological Society, discusses the Center for Zoo Animal Welfare's penguin research project, which aims to better understand what is meaningful for a penguin. This two-year project involves research in two different habitats at the Detroit Zoo – the Penguinarium, built in 1968, and the new Polk Penguin Conservation Center, which opened in April 2016.
The Center for Zoo Animal Welfare annually holds a five-day immersive workshop, which attracts animal care staff from all over the world. Titled “From Good Care to Great Welfare”, the workshop is designed to help participants better understand animals’ perspectives and experiences, address the challenges captivity imposes on animal welfare, and develop the skills necessary to assess and improve animals’ overall well-being.
The Center for Zoo Animal Welfare brought together leaders in zoos, animal welfare, and conservation to discuss advances in animal welfare science and policy. This two-day event featured presentations and panel discussions on topics ranging from compassionate conservation to the role of leaders in advancing animal welfare.
The Center for Zoo Animal Welfare hosted a two-day symposium featuring presentations, posters and panels focusing on four primary topic areas, including understanding and bridging the gap between providing good care and ensuring great welfare; understanding the impacts of – and compensating for – captivity; multidisciplinary approaches and assessment techniques to better understand and enhance zoo animal welfare; welfare of “non-charismatic” vertebrates - birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.