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10 15/10/2018 - 17/10/2018

Bear husbandry workshop

15, 16, 17 October 2018

Welcoming bear care professionals to discuss all aspects of captive bear husbandry, behaviour and welfare.

We’re delighted to be hosting the next bear husbandry workshop here at Chester Zoo.

On Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 October we’ll be welcoming bear care professionals to discuss all aspects of ‘ex situ’ bear husbandry, behaviour and welfare.

Hear from leading bear care experts on a range of management techniques including habitat design, environmental enrichment, operant conditioning, animal behaviour and much more, whilst in the company of like-minded people. Practical demonstrations and group discussion will also create an environment for you to learn and share best practice bear care skills.  We’ll be releasing an agenda soon and also a call out for presentations.

In addition to the two day workshop on Monday and Tuesday, you will have the opportunity to stay for another day – on the Wednesday there will be a morning tour of the bear habitats at Chester Zoo, and then the afternoon to explore the zoo for yourself. This is entirely optional but recommended!

Organisers of this workshop invite the submission of abstracts for both 15 minute oral presentations and poster presentations. If you would like to submit your abstract please email it to by 1 September along with your full name, institution and the abstract title.


The bear husbandry workshop 2018 is available to bear care professionals for £100 and for BIAZA members it’s £80. Book online here.


We have secured a favourable rate for attendees with the Hallmark Hotel Group. The two Hallmark hotels in Chester are the Hallmark Inn and the Queen Hotel, both are located opposite Chester train station. For those who will not have a car the Chester Zoo bus leaves from outside the train station and it is a 10 minute journey to the zoo.

For the Hallmark Inn Chester (three star) we have a limited number of single rooms for £50 BB for an economy room, or £60 BB for a classic room, and we also have double rooms available for £60 BB.

For the Queen Hotel (four star) we have a number of Classic Double Rooms, single occupancy with breakfast for £89pn

In order to get these rates please quote ‘Chester Zoo’ when you call to book. You can reach The Hallmark Inn on 0330 028 3424 to book your room.

Any questions?

Please contact Amy Humphreys, Curatorial Assistant of Mammals, at

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