A knowledgeable team regarding wildlife conservation values is essential to deliver better results and work with a higher level of motivation towards a shared Vision. Allies for Wildlife offers Allies4Training©: the perfect training methodology to inspire staff to excel and contribute to the conservation project success.
"Evaluation of the past is the first step toward vision for the future" ~ Chris Widener
We offer four in-depth courses:
Ex-situ managed programs must provide the highest welfare standards to achieve a “morally defensible balance between animal welfare concerns on the one hand and species conservation commitments on the other” (Keulartz, 2014). Allies4Training© offers an Animal Welfare Basics and Assessment course for ex-situ managed programs.
This intensive course includes comprehensive content including basic concepts of Animal Welfare, Welfare in ex-situ managed collections, and Animal Welfare assessment and monitoring tools.
In this course, staff will be trained on the application of scientific criteria through the use of evidence-based welfare assessment tools. Hence, trainees will develop the thinking-process needed to identify, analyze, and implement improvements in the living collection's welfare.
There is a growing number of animal species requiring scientific support. Ex-situ managed programs are enhancing their research engagement for the ultimate goal of conserving species. Additionally, some international regulations call upon ex-situ managed programs to participate in research that benefits species conservation (Schrijver et al., 2015).
Understanding and becoming proficient in scientific methodology helps to generate meaningful studies and to develop a more effective conservation practice. Allies4Training© offers this research workshop, where we introduce Ex-situ conservation programs as the perfect setup to develop and implement research projects. The Ex-situ populations can help to advance in the fields of animal welfare, behavior, husbandry, veterinary science, or reproduction research.
Designed to sharpen the research capabilities of our partners, this course will provide the specific knowledge and resources to build up the trainees' capacities to conduct research using the available resources and animal collection.
A key point to achieve excellence in Wildlife conservation is to ensure the team is highly motivated and driven towards a shared Vision. During the 6th mass extinction, Ex-situ conservation is a key pillar where an endless number of species stand (IUCN/SSC, 2014).
Therefore, it is paramount to understand the importance we play in the global conservation process.
Every team member must know the role they play within the organization, and furthermore, the valuable role they could play should they be given the know-how and tools to do so. Additionally, the EU Zoos Directive states on Article 9 the more decisive role that ex-situ conservation programs must play in conserving biodiversity (Schrijver et al., 2015).
Allies4Training© offers a Conservation workshop that aims to provide a platform of ideas and resources to upgrade the conservation reach of ex-situ managed programs. In this course, staff will develop the critical thinking process needed to identify, analyze, and implement improvements in the conservation projects of the organization. Furthermore, trainees will be able to formulate and design their own conservation initiatives.
Tracking is a versatile, efficient and inexpensive tool that allows surveillance and research work to obtain information about the environment, wildlife and its interactions with humans in both rural fields and remote areas.
Allies for Wildlife offers 5 high-level training programs adapted, in content and application, to the real needs in the field. Our instructors are prepared to train field staff with comprehensive courses that range from track identification of wildlife, to the techniques of recognition, patrol and human tracking, through scientific tracing techniques for the monitoring of threatened animals.
These programs provide the necessary skills to improve the training of active rangers, as well as to create new patrols, including by reconversion of former poachers.
The programs are facilitated by the Endangered Wildlife Tracking Team and other external entities.
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"Zoos need to outgrow their past, based in awareness and entertainment,
and become real conservation organisations that demonstrate compassion for all living beings”
~ Jennifer Helen Gray