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A two-day sem­i­nar in Novem­ber was sched­uled, fol­low­ing the 26th South East Asian Zoos As­so­ci­a­tion (SEAZA) Con­fer­ence in Chi­ang Mai, Thai­land.

Work­shops for zoo direc­tors and em­ploy­ees were built around dis­cus­sions, led by in­vited speak­ers from gov­ern­ment agen­cies, on the Wildlife Act, An­i­mal Wel­fare Act, in­ter­na­tional zoo ac­cred­i­ta­tion, an­i­mal wel­fare, and ethics in zoos. Through these, the ad­min­is­tra­tion hoped to im­prove zoo stan­dards and prac­tices.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion also sched­uled a set of work­shops for next year, fo­cus­ing on an­i­mal wel­fare and ex-situ (off-site) con­ser­va­tion. “[This] would hope­fully trans­late to im­proved wel­fare con­di­tions of an­i­mals in PHILZOOS mem­ber in­sti­tu­tions,” ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s state­ment.

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