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On day 2, the Chengdu Zoo staff joined Animals Asia bear workers in the enrichment set up inside the bear enclosures before the bears were released into their outdoor areas.
Distributing the log and bamboo treats they had made the previous day and drizzling honey around the bear enclosures. Providing an excellent opportunity for the staff to get up close and personal with the many play structures inside the bear enclosures and learn more about the way the food is distributed across the enclosures to encourage the bears to spend their time foraging. The staff also had the opportunity to see the bears enjoying their work.
Bear Team demonstrating construction techniques to enrich the enclosures with climbing structures.
Chengdu Zoo staff enriching the bear enclosures with food prior to the release of the bears.
Chengdu Zoo participants and Animals Asia bear managers, bear supervisors, bear workers, horticulture and education team members.
The workshop was a great success, the zoo staff developed a wealth of knowledge for them to put into practice back at the zoo to enrich the lives of many animals especially the bears. The staff were full of enthusiasm to learn and we were delighted with the relationships being developed between the Animals Asia and the Chengdu Zoo teams.
Animals Asia’s bear managers, bear team supervisors, bear horticulture team, bear workers, translators and education teams, delivered the workshop in a professional manner while ensuring the Chengdu Zoo staff learnt whilst having fun. This is a unique training approach for zoo staff in China and we hope it will be the first of many such training days for zoo staff across China.
Following the workshop, bear supervisor Ai and Animal Welfare Director, David Neale met with the Deputy Director of Chengdu Zoo to discuss the provision of additional help to construct wooden climbing platforms for the Sun Bear and Asiatic Black Bear enclosure at Chengdu Zoo.
Animals Asia will continue to liaise with Chengdu Zoo to provide support for thedesign of the bear enclosures and further advice and support to help improve the lives of all animals at Chengdu Zoo.