ABWAK News & Events

Hippopotamus Keepers’ Workshop

Whipsnade Zoo - Monday 19th August 2024

ABWAK and BIAZA MWG have been working together to bring the first Hippopotamus Keeper Workshop, hosted at Whipsnade Zoo. This workshop is aimed for keepers of both Pygmy Hippopotamus and Common Hippopotamus, or those in a collection who have a direct impact on their husbandry (eg. Nutritionist, Behaviour & Welfare staff), or staff from collections who are prospective keepers of either species.

Content to include:

  • Methods of Blood Draw in Pygmy Hippopotamus at London Zoo - Jessica Young (Lead Keeper, Hoofstock, London Zoo) .
  • The History of Hippopotamus at ZSL - Connor Corrigan (Lead Keeper, Large Hoofstock, Whipsnade Zoo).
  • Body Condition Scoring and the Effects of Contraception on Body Condition in Hippopotamus Species - Lewis Rowden (Evidence Based Animal Care Team Leader, ZSL).
  • Measuring and Improving Lighting Provision in Animal Houses, with a focus on Hippopotamus Species - Thomas Griffiths (Owner, Tomaskas Ltd).
  • Tour of Whipsnade Zoo Hippopotamus Facility.
  • EEP Updates
  • Pygmy Hippopotamus Conservation Update

If you are interested in presenting there will be a small number if slots available, please contact alexander.simpson@zsl.org and connor.corrrigan@zsl.org if you would like to present.

Bookings will not be confirmed unless online registration is completed and full payment has been made.

Cost for ABWAK & BIAZA members £25,

Non-members also welcome £45.

Refreshments and lunch are included in the price.

ABWAK provide grants for our members to help fund attendance at our events.  Check out the grants page in the members' area of our website for application forms.

Advertised workshop content may be subject to change.

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ABWAK & BIAZA Member Ticket
Available Tickets: 25

Tickets for ABWAK & BIAZA members only

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Non Member Tickets
Available Tickets: 25

Tickets for non members.

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Aug 19 2024


8:30 am - 5:00 pm
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo


ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Whipsnade, Dunstable LU6 2LF


James Cork