Student Environmental Enrichment Course


Mark Kingston-Jones (SAC Honorary Research Fellow) and Chris Hales are accepting applications for the Student Environmental Enrichment Course (SEEC) to be held at Lakeview Monkey Sanctuary, in Ascot.

18th – 21st August 2015

As the Monkey Sanctuary is not open to the public this is a unique opportunity for the delegates to see the work being done at this charity, housing 32 rescued primates (

Mark has been involved in the animal welfare field since 2004. He now works as a self-employed SHAPE instructor having previously worked at Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks, as Head of Education and Research. In addition to running 20+ previous SEECs, he has been involved in 14 SHAPE workshops, in the UK, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa, and is the SHAPE-UK & Ireland Events Co-ordinator. As well as being an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent and an external adviser on the PASA Captive Care Committee, he has presented 29 talks on topics relating to animal welfare at conferences, both nationally and internationally.

Chris has also been an Instructor on 20+ SEECs, having previously been a Keeper at Port Lympne for over 14 years, with
experience working with a multitude of taxa. Chris is a SHAPE Instructor having taught on 4 SHAPE workshops, including a small carnivore SHAPE workshop in Brazil. With a wide range of experience in the field of husbandry and enrichment, he specialises in carnivore enrichment, on which he has given presentations at 5 national and international conferences. He is the SHAPE-UK & Ireland Facebook Group Co-ordinator.

This course is designed around the SHAPE format and accredited by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA). It is aimed specifically at College and University students (past or present) who do not currently work within a zoo setting, but are looking to do so as a career. Over 3½ days students will gain a background in animal welfare and enrichment, dealing with welfare needs of different species, as well as providing practical skills in designing, building and testing enrichment within the settings of a working animal organization. Our aim is to provide valuable experience and an overview of additional useful skills to a would-be keeper’s CV. Please note you must be 18 or over to attend this course.

The course is roughly split between lecture and practical components. Lecture topics include: Animal welfare, enrichment overview, animal husbandry and learning and breaking into the zoo world. Short talks will focus on carnivore, primate, and ungulate enrichment. Additionally, there will be practicals involving animal learning, and working with rope and fire hose. The final day of the course will result in the application of all these principles as delegates are split into groups, allowing you the opportunity to design, build and test enrichment with the sanctuary animals.

Please note, to keep course costs down delegates are required to provide their own lunches, as there is no catering facility on site. Information on discounted bed and breakfast accommodation is available on request and the number of available places is limited, so please book early.

The workshop registration fee of £150 includes:
~ All workshop materials over the 3½ days (Tuesday 12noon-5pm, Wednesday to Friday 9am-5pm).
~ Drinks and biscuits during the scheduled tea breaks.
For further information and to request a booking form please contact: Mark Kingston Jones on:

To find out more visit the SEEC website or their Facebook page.

All events and opportunities are provided for information. Their inclusion does not indicate that they are supported by or aligned with SAC or the University of Kent.


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