Animal care staff from zoos across US getting training

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) – Participants in an immersive workshop this week at the Detroit Zoo will learn how to assess and improve animal welfare in zoos.

The Detroit Zoological Society’s Center for Zoo Animal Welfare hosts animal care staff from around the country on Wednesday through Sunday for an annual workshop titled “From Good Care to Great Welfare.”

The workshop is designed to help participants better understand animals’ perspectives and experiences; address the challenges captivity imposes on animal welfare; and develop the skills necessary to assess and improve animals’ overall well-being.

Events take place at the zoo in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak. Workshop participants will gain knowledge related to current research on captive animal behavior and ecology; management and exhibit design; and identification and resolution of welfare issues.

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