SHAPE is dedicated to promoting worldwide environmental enrichment efforts for captive animals. SHAPE encourages improvements in animal welfare through education and international exchanges of enrichment theory and application.
The Shape of Enrichment (SHAPE), was founded in 1991 by Valerie Hare and Karen Worley. The two main avenues for fulfilling SHAPEs mission of improving animal welfare through goal oriented and holistic enrichment programmes are via a subscription based BLOG, and through running training workshops for anyone working in the animal care industry.
The first mini-course was run in Brazil in 2000 and since then it has evolved into a full workshop, lasting from 3-5 days, designed around a core of practical and theoretical units, to assist animal caretakers in creating and assessing enrichment plans within their institutions. Since its first inception SHAPE has run over 100 workshops in 27 countries:
Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Georgia, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Lithuania, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.
While a large portion of our workshops are capacity building courses in developing contries, for which we volunteer our time, the reviews on this page are based on paid registrations from our keeper workshops and student courses.