ABWAK Symposium 2023
We are excited to be heading north for our two day annual Symposium in March 2023. Hosted this time by Yorkshire Wildlife Park in their Tsavo Lodge 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.
YWP will also be offering free entry on Friday 3rd and Monday 6th for Symposium delegates, just show your booking confirmation email on arrival.
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 15th February.
Don't forget to book the dinner ticket if you want to attend our amazing evening event to network (party) with other keepers, and win fabulous raffle prizes. You may not get the option to add this on later, it sells out fast!
The full programme is not quite ready for publishing yet, but will be shared as soon as it is finalised! Keep an eye on our social media channels for updates.
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 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.
Workshop options are:
- Introduction to ZIMS
- Browse: Identification, silage and plantation visit
- Firehose enrichment
- Signage design
- Veterinary basics for zookeepers
- Presentation skills
- Bear husbandry and training
- Sealion husbandry and training
- Research and data collection for zookeepers
- Creating artificial rock work for animal enclosures
- Footprint identification techniques
- Flower identification, provision and management
Saturday Night Dinner
This years evening event will take place at YWP's band new prehistoric-themed Evolution restaurant. A hot dinner buffet will be served whilst you enjoy an immersive dining experience provided by YWP's events team, followed by a disco and our very own Terri Hill's sensational sweetie bar! We will also have our annual charity raffle, with all proceeds going towards YWP's Wildlife Foundation charity.
The dinner is optional - choose Symposium ticket or Symposium ticket PLUS dinner. See ticket options below.
A variety of accommodation options are available, both on-site and within easy reach of YWP.
The Crown Hotel Bawtry is located just a ten minute drive from YWP and offers a range of rooms at competitive rates. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01302 710341 quoting ‘ABWAK’. To view the hotel room please visit www.crownhotel-bawtry.com.
On site accommodation can be booked for the Hex Hotel, via hex-hotel.com, using the promo code ABWAK23.
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.