Advancing Bear Care 2019 - Scotland Conference

Advancing Bear Care 2019 - Scotland Conference
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The Bear Care Group is pleased to announce the Advancing Bear Care 2019 – Scotland conference in partnership with the Five Sisters Zoo and the UK Bear Husbandry Group. The conference will be held in Livingston, Scotland October 9-13.  Stay tuned for information on post conference trips.

“A Bear for All Seasons”

Speakers, poster presentations, problem-solving workshops, and a hands-on practical workshop at the Five Sisters Zoo will highlight progressive and novel approaches to behaviour-based care of bear species while also exploring the impact of time and geography on bear husbandry. Amongst others, topics will include husbandry, training, enrichment, veterinary care, and the importance of seasonality (in terms of seasonal management of both temperate and tropical bear species).  A hands-on practical workshop at the Five Sisters Zoo will give delegates a chance to practice welfare assessments after learning about the environmental, physical health, and behavioural needs of bears and how seasonality plays a role in their welfare. 

The conference will be held at the Mercure Livingston Hotel with a day at the Five Sisters Zoo.  Come and share how your organization is working to improve your behavior-based programs and seasonal management of your bears!


Registration Fees

Until June 15: Full Conference Early-Bird Registration Fee (includes Ice Breaker Oct. 9) = $235 USD (approx. 180 GBP / 210 EUR)

After June 15: Full Conference Registration Fee (includes Ice Breaker Oct. 9) = $286 USD (approx. 220 GBP / 255 EUR)


Day Registration Fees:

Wednesday, October 9 (Evening Ice Breaker) = $10 USD (approx. 8 GBP / 9 EUR)

Thursday, October 10 (Keynote & full day of presentations) = $70 USD (approx. 54 GBP / 63 EUR)

Friday, October 11 (Full day of presentations and workshops) = $70 USD (approx. 54 GBP / 63 EUR) 

Saturday, October 12 (Morning of presentations, Practicum at Five Sisters Zoo + Evening Banquet & Silent Auction) = $85 USD (approx. 65 GBP / 76 EUR)

Sunday, October 13 (Full day of presentations and workshops) = $70 USD (approx. 54 GBP / 63 EUR)


Pre-order Conference T-shirt @ 20% discount = $16 USD (approx. 12.30 GBP / 14.30 EUR) 

(T-shirts will also be sold at the conference for full price)


Registration closes July 31, 2019

$286.00 per Full Conference Registration
Early Discount
Before 6/15/2019 a discount of $51.00 will apply to all Full Conference Registration Registrants.
Cancellation Policy
A $25 USD (approx. 19 GBP / 22 EUR) cancellation fee will be assessed if the cancellation is received by July 31, 2019.  No refund will be given for cancellations after July 31 as numbers for catering, and for transportation to Five Sisters Zoo, will already be set and the Bear Care Group will be responsible for paying those costs in full.  We are happy to transfer your registration to another person, however, if prior notice is given. Please direct all inquiries about registration to: Mindy Babitz Advancing Bear Care 2019 Planning Committee

The Bear Care Group is a non-profit group dedicated to the continued organization of international bear husbandry conferences, programs, publications, and resources for bear caregivers at sanctuaries, rehabilitation facilities, and zoos. This website provides the most recent information and easy access to all conference needs including; conference and hotel registration, transportation info, and more.

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The Bear Care Group is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.   The Bear Care Group  tax identification number is 26-2885950.