Lions, Tigers and Bears Symposium

Lions, Tigers and Bears Symposium


July 8-9, 2014

An educational symposium sponsored by USDA-APHIS-Animal Care
focusing on welfare, husbandry and safety


Symposium Goal:

Our goal is for participants to learn the emerging science on caring for lions, tigers and bears of all ages to ensure the animals’ welfare, provide for the safety of the public who comes to see them and be able to apply the latest information at their own facilities in order to improve the health and welfare of the animals in their care.



This two-day event will cover a range of topics, including behavior-based husbandry, safety, disaster preparedness, hand rearing, transportation, operant conditioning, enrichment and diet/nutrition to help lions, tigers and bears thrive in captivity. You can view a more detailed version of agenda topics to be covered by clicking here.



USDA, APHIS Center for Animal Welfare

6501 Beacon Drive, Kansas City, MO


Symposium registration closed on Wednesday, June 25th. We have filled our designated 200 positions. You must be registered to attend the Symposium.  No walk-ins admitted.


The Missouri Veterinary Medical Board (“Board”) Continuing Education Committee has approved 16 hours of CE Credits. We will provide certificates for symposium attendees to claim CE Credits. If you are interested in receiving a certificate, please e-mail so we can have it prepared in advance for you.


A block of rooms was set aside in the Holiday Inn-Coco Key Water Resort under APHIS. Room reservations closed Wednesday, June 25th. If you have any questions about your hotel reservation, please call Holiday Inn Reservations at 1.800.238.9938.


We’re very excited about this event and the opportunity to share the collective expertise of our speakers to enhance the welfare of lions, tigers and bears at facilities across the United States. If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Animal Welfare at 816.737.4201.