Rhino Keepers’ Workshop

This exciting event is the result of a collaboration between ‘ABWAK’ and ‘ Stichting De Harpij’, and will take place on May 2nd & 3rd 2017 in Rotterdam Zoo, the Netherlands. The two day workshop aims to connect rhino professionals and share knowledge and experiences on rhino husbandry and reseach. The workshop will consist of presentations, discussion groups and a tour around Rotterdam Zoo’s rhino facility’s.

Are you working in a zoo, but not with rhino’s ( yet)? You are very welcome to join and expand your knowledge on rhino’s.

Rotterdam Zoo
Diergaarde Blijdorp /Rotterdam Zoo has become one of Europe’s most beautiful zoos. Dive into the fully covered Oceanium and make a magical voyage over the bottom of the sea and along coastal regions, meeting many marine and coastal inhabitants such as fish (from herring to sharks), puffins, snakes and a large group of king penguins.

You wander through different parts of the world where you will see fascinating animals that feel perfectly at home in specially imitated natural landscapes. A walk through the fully covered Oceanium, the world of sharks, king penguins, sea lions and yellyfish will take an hour or more.

Discover Europe’s largest and most beautiful butterfly paradise Amazonica (2013). Tropical temperatures, fragrant flowers, thousants of colourful South American butterflies, the awesome anaconda and greedy piranhas. Experience the Amazon!

In Africa you can end up by the Crocodile River. An exciting decking path takes you safely up past a group of large crocodiles! Once you’re at the top you stand eye to eye with the giraffes and at a safe altitude you can admire the other inhabitants of the new savanna such as hyenas, kudus, ostriches and zebras. On the African Gorilla Island you will be delighted by Bokito’s playful gorilla family with their little ones.

Okapis, a rare species of forest giraffe, are back once more in Rotterdam Zoo where they can be found in a new enclosure (2015) resembling the central African jungle. They share their new space with various species of birds and plants that are native to their natural habitat. Finish your African discovery at the African Vulture Rock next to the savanna.

Continue your voyage through ‘Asia’. Strolling through the Asian marshes you will meet the elephant family in the indoor tropical forest ‘Taman Indah’ (mostly under cover).

Last but not least discover the Ice Cave and have a magnificient view on the polar bears under water in Artica!

ABWAK, Stichting De Harpij & ICZ
The Association of British Wild Animal Keepers (ABWAK), is a non-profit organisation which has set its following goals and objectives: To improve cooperation among animal keepers, both nationally and internationally. To provide, encourage and organise facilities for the meeting of keepers of wild animals. To improve, through education, the professional competence of all involved with wild animal husbandry. To support the conservation of wildlife through out the world.

Stichting De Harpij (“Harpy Foundation”) is an organization for Dutch and Belgian zoo employees. It does not have a membership, but does publish a quarterly journal, ‘De Harpij’, that is available by subscription. The foundation´s chief goal is ´the improvement of care and well-being of non-domestic animals in the broadest sense of the word.’

Both ABWAK and Stichting De Harpij are members of the ICZ.

The International Congress of Zookeepers (ICZ) is a non-profit association, wich aims to build a worldwide network among zookeepers and other professionals in the field of wildlife care and conservation. This exchange of experience and knowledge will improve the professionalism of zookeepers for the benefit of the animals under their care and promote awareness and actions that will contribute to the preservation of wildlife everywhere.

This workshop is a result of the international collaboration between the members of ICZ, and aims to contribute to their mission.