Giraffe Care Workshop

October 7 – 11, 2019
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs, CO USA


The workshop aims to create a community of giraffe professionals who leave the conference committed and empowered to continually improve giraffe welfare, both in situ and ex situ.

The workshop will be a hands-on, exciting new way to learn about giraffe. While there will be some lecture material throughout the week, most of the time will be spent allowing attendees the chance to gain valuable experience participating in roundtable discussions, hoof trimming demonstrations, operant conditioning techniques, and more!

The workshop will focus on areas where Cheyenne Mountain Zoo staff currently has strengths. Attendees will be split into groups to move through the various giraffe-specific modules. Participants will gain knowledge and experience in the following topics: training, browse, hoof care, conservation, teamwork, roadblocks, enrichment and guest/giraffe interactions.

Our Goal:

Each conference attendee will leave the Giraffe Care Workshop with a vision and plan for their respective facility. Participants will go back to their institution with the ability to implement new ideas/techniques reflected in the focus workshops. Participants are required to give an informational presentation about what they learned to members of their institution upon their return.

Additionally, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo staff will act as a support system for the attendees after the workshop wrap up, and will continue to check in with participants after the workshop ends. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is hoping to form a strong network of giraffe care professionals who will continue to work together to improve the lives of giraffe long term.



Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will open registration for 30 attendees. Space is limited, so an application process will be used to select individuals who fit the workshop’s criteria. Preference will be given to those individuals who demonstrate the desire to improve giraffe care at their facility. Please note, by accepting a slot in the workshop, you are required to attend the workshop in its entirety.
Giraffe Care Workshop Application deadline was April 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified by May 1, 2019.

Special Note: Preference will be given to participants who have not already taken the workshop. However, if there is room we will accommodate attendees who wish to take it again.


One scholarship in the amount of $525.75* will be available for a qualified candidate who demonstrates financial need. (*The amount will cover the workshop and $125 will be sent to the scholarship recipient to assist with additional expenses.)
Scholarship Application deadline was April 1, 2019.


The Giraffe Care Workshop registration fee is $400.75
(includes 4 and ½ workshop days, ½ day to tour the rest of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and three conservation quarters).
Lunches and snacks for all four days of the workshop are provided.
Transportation to and from the hotel each day of the workshop is included.

Payment is not due until the application is accepted.

Workshop Application deadline is April 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified by May 1, 2019.
Hotel and Transportation information will be distributed to accepted applicants.


Please email Jason Bredahl, Animal Care Manager, at [email protected].