The Bali Safari and Marine Park (BSMP), a 40-hectare park becoming the native home to more than 400 animals representing 60 species found in Indonesia, India and Africa, hosted the Animal Training and Enrichment Conference (ATEC) 2013, recently. As a recognized leader in captive animal breeding and animal enrichment programs, the safari park features the animals in natural and spacious surroundings, a water park, a boutique safari-themed hotel and the 1,200 seats of Bali Agung Theatre – home to a daily theatrical extravaganza involving hundreds of dancers, actors and musicians – both human and animal.
World leaders and innovators in animal training and enrichment techniques for use with captive animal populations were present in Bali to share their valuable insights and cutting edge methodologies for the use by zoos, sanctuaries and animal parks. One of the keynote speakers in the ATEC 2013 was Steve Martin from Natural Encounters, Inc. - a recognized animal trainer who has worked with Disney’s Animal Kingdom, San Diego Wild Animal Park, AZA Animal Training School and the Elephant Management School in Hamburg Germany.
Another speaker was Valerie Hare from The Shape of Enrichment, Inc. (SHAPE). As a recognized guru of animal enrichment and a worldwide ambassador to best practice in animal care, Valerie serves in the International Conference on the Environmental Enrichment Committee (ICEE) and Bear Care Group Board of Directors. Participants attending the ATEC 2013 also encountered Jon Coe who had designed zoos in more than 40 countries including the Bali Safari Marine Park. Coe conducted a walking tour while sharing his expertise on creating the enrichment of animal exhibits.
General Manager of BSMP, Hans Manansang, said the hosting of the ATEC 2013 was a natural outgrowth of the park’s commitment to care of the animal population and to educate the community on the need to foster a mutually beneficial coexistence with the animal kingdom. “By gathering the experts from around the world at the ATEC 2013, we hope to share and obtain ideas and insights that will complement the park’s commitment to captive breeding and animal husbandry programs,” said Manansang. The Bali Safari and Marine Park actively involved in conservation efforts of a number of endangered species including the iconic Bali Mynah (Bali Starling), Sumatran elephant and Sumatran tiger.
Manansang said that Bali Safari & Marine Park had an unwavering commitment and dedication towards the provision of the highest standards in animal husbandry and care. The Safari had placed an enormous amount of focus on developing the very best animal care facilities and invested heavily in the training for young animal care professionals who had the ability to provide the very best care for the animals.
Led by Dr. Purwaningtyas Kusumaningsih, the Bali Safari animal enrichment team was gearing up for the ATEC 2013 conference and eager to meet with delegates and colleagues from international and Indonesian zoos and animal care facilities to advance their professional development in the area of animal management. (BTN/Ocha/015)