Oakland Zoo Proudly Supports ABMA 2012 Conference

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The ABMA conference will feature speakers such as Dr. Hal Markowitz, enrichment pioneer and author of Behavioral Enrichment in the Zoo and Dr. David Shepherdson, editor of the ground breaking book, Second Nature. Elizabeth Abram, Andrea Dougall, and Gina Kinzley, zookeepers at Oakland Zoo, will also present papers on Oakland Zoo’s unique goat training program, innovative otter training, and the Zoo’s progressive elephant observation programs. In addition, several other zookeepers from Oakland Zoo will present posters on the Zoo’s enrichment program.

The Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA) is holding their 2012 conference in the San Francisco Bay Area on May 6-11, 2012. Oakland Zoo proudly supports the not-for-profit corporation with a membership comprised of animal care professionals and other individuals interested in enhancing animal care through training and enrichment.

ABMA’s membership is comprised of professionals from all over the world and represents a wide variety of species, from mammals to birds to reptiles and even invertebrates. “The annual conference is an opportunity to get this diverse group together, from as far away as the Czech Republic, Austria, England, and Australia and share new ideas about using positive reinforcement training and environmental enrichment to enhance the husbandry and welfare of the animals in our care,” said Margaret Rousser, Zoological Manager at Oakland Zoo.

The conference will feature speakers such as Dr. Hal Markowitz, enrichment pioneer and author of Behavioral Enrichment in the Zoo and Dr. David Shepherdson, editor of the ground breaking book, Second Nature. Elizabeth Abram, Andrea Dougall, and Gina Kinzley, zookeepers at Oakland Zoo, will also present papers on Oakland Zoo’s unique goat training program, innovative otter training, and the Zoo’s progressive elephant observation programs. In addition, several other zookeepers from Oakland Zoo will present posters on the Zoo’s enrichment program.

On Thursday, May 10, Oakland Zoo will host Jennifer Jolly for a media workshop at the ABMA conference. Jennifer is an Emmy award-winning television correspondent with nearly 20-years of broadcast experience and literally thousands of hours of live TV hosting and producing. In just the past few months, her work has appeared on/in, CNN, HLN, CBS This Morning, Health Magazine, ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS, Rachel Ray, and The Talk. She also has a nationally syndicated column and video series on consumer lifestyle technology.

2012 ABMA Conference Schedule at a glance

Sunday, May 6th
5:30pm-9pm    Ice Breaker at San Francisco Zoo

Monday, May 7th
San Francisco Airport Marriott
Registration: 7:30am-8:30am

8:30am-9am    Welcome
9am-10am        Keynote Speaker: Hal Markowitz, PhD
10am-10:40am    Book signing for Markowitz
(Break)
11am-12:30pm    Presentations
1:30pm-2:30pm    Seminar: Guide Dogs for the Blind, Michele Pouliot
2:30pm-3:30pm    Presentations
4pm-5:30pm    Training 101: Susan Friedman

Tuesday, May 8th
Visit CuriOdyssey and California Academy of Sciences

Wednesday, May 9th
San Francisco Airport Marriott
8am-10:10am    Presentations
10:30am-12pm    Enrichment workshop
1pm-2:30pm    Presentations
3pm-4:30pm    Safety in Training Workshop

Thursday, May 10th
Oakland Zoo
9am-10:30am            Social media workshop
10:30am-12:00pm    Enrichment workshop practical application
10:30am-12:00pm    Behind the scenes tours
12pm-2pm                Lunch and BMF Olympics
2pm-4:30pm        Behind the scenes tours and training demos
5pm-7pm                Dinner and poster presentations

Friday, May 11th
San Francisco Airport Marriott
8am-10am        Presentations
10:30am-12pm    Presentations
1pm-1:45pm    Enrichment workshop wrap up
1:45pm-3pm    Presentations
3:30pm-5pm    Presentations
6:30pm-11pm    Awards Banquet

About Oakland Zoo:
The Bay Area’s award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information please visit our website at http://www.oaklandzoo.org.

About ABMA:
The Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA) is a not for profit group of international animal professionals sharing knowledge about positive methods of animal handling, training and enrichment to enhance the welfare of animals. At the heart of ABMA’s core values are that learning is always occurring and that animals and people should be able to learn in a nurturing and non-threatening environment. We believe that all behavior is modifiable, and that responsible behavior management creates a continuous flow of innovative options for successful animal care. For more information about the ABMA, please see our website http://www.theabma.org.

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Nicky Mora
Oakland Zoo
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Oakland Zoo
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