ABWAK Symposium 2022
We are delighted to be able to organise our usual in person, two day annual Symposium for March 2022. Hosted this time by West Midlands Safari Park in their spacious Tree Tops venue. We will be bringing you two days of presentations, workshop sessions, behind the scenes tours, debates and the opportunity to network with fellow animal keepers. Plus an optional Saturday evening event with dinner, disco and raffle.
West Midlands will also be offering free entry on Friday 4th and Monday 7th for Symposium delegates.
Booking will initially be open for ABWAK members only at a discounted early bird rate of £60 until January 1st. After this, tickets will be £70 for members and £100 for non-members. Places at this event are limited so don't miss out! (ABWAK membership only costs £30 per year - you do the maths!) Bookings will close on 16th February.
The full programme is not quite ready for publishing yet, but here a few of the confirmed presentations for you to look forward to:
Key note speaker - David Field, President of ABWAK - The Changing Nature of Zoos
Stephen Woollard, ZooStephen.com - Arabian Giraffes & Indonesian Ambassadors
Nadia Gould, Paignton Zoo - The Effect of Husbandry and Exhibit Design on the Health and Behaviour of a Short Beaked Echidna Housed at Paignton Zoo
Alice Vassallo, Shepreth Wildlife Park - Keeper Educational Exchange Programme (KEEP)
Ellie Adams, Wild Places Project - Managing Osteoarthritis in Red River Hogs
Sioned Mai Davies, Peak Wildlife Park - Mirror Box Ramp for Identifying Bumble Foot and Related Disorders in Penguins
Abigail Green, Marwell Wildlife - Tiger Training
There will be a variety of workshop sessions which will be repeated on both days. Please choose your top 3 options on the booking form and we will endeavour to place you in two of your selections depending on capacity available for each workshop. Alternatively you can choose free time to look around the fabulous safari and animal collection on site. Make sure you look at the list of workshops (below) so you know what titles to write on the booking form.
Download the list of workshop options
Saturday Night Dinner
You don't want to miss out on this year's evening event. We have some amazing raffle prizes to give away including an overnight stay in one of the luxury lodges at West Midlands Safari, or original wildlife art from Rachael Robinson Art. Plus all proceeds from the raffle go towards a chosen WMSP conservation charity.
Dinner buffet at Tree Tops catered by WMSP's expert events team, followed by a disco, and our very own Terri Elizabeth Hill's sensational sweetie bar. Get your sugar rush on here!!!!!
The dinner is optional - choose Symposium ticket or Symposium ticket PLUS dinner. See ticket options below.
Our professional members can apply for a grant of £50 to help fund attendance at the Symposium. Find out more on the Grants page in the Members' Area of the website. See ABWAK Workshop Grant.
Please read our COVID safety guidance for attending our events.