Designing habitats that work
Nov 04, 2023
Melody presented at the AICAS conference
By presenting at the Iberian Association of Wild Animal Caretakers (AICAS) ninth Congress, Melody:
- Encouraged empathy: by asking "do you know what the animals in your care do, while you're not there?". Some participants noted that they had not thought about this much before.
- Made learning and interconnection accessible: by presenting in Spanish more animal caregivers were able to consider the individual's needs of their animals, alongside their own wellbeing needs. Making important links between quality of work and quality of life for both.
- Supported creativity: because despite the shared challenges of limited time and money, people started to ask...
"How can we re-design a habitat for it to be functional and positive from the animal’s perspective?"
Last week, The Animal Behaviour Management Alliance invited Sabrina to talk about animal wellbeing science and practice.
Sabrina shared her thoughts on:
- How we can design habitats with the animal's perspective in mind.
- Why evidence-based practice must be mixed with experience, compassion, and creativity.
- How habitat management and environmental enrichment should support individual preferences and 24/7 experiences.
- Why we should pay attention to our wellbeing and the quality of our work determines the quality of life for animals in our care.
You can hear her thoughts by listening to the ABMA's podcast on Welfare Science and Practice, or by watching the Zoom recording below. Enjoy!
We'd like to thank the ABMA for inviting us to share our expertise.