The Animal Behavior Symposium 2010 - a new look at animal behaviour, intelligence and wellbeing!

It is a special phenomenon when two prominent scientists like Jane Goodall and Irene Pepperberg present, together with a number of renowned colleagues, a unique vision on behaviour, intelligence and welfare of animals.

On November 20, 2010 the Animal Behaviour Symposium was held in Utrecht, a day on which the animal and its relationship to the human was item of discussion.
Chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall and parrot expert Irene Pepperberg opened the eyes of not only the scientific world, but also set in motion a whole new way of thinking on the intelligence of animals. Because of their knowledge of the intelligence of chimpanzees and parrots, Pepperberg and Goodall convinced scientists and animal lovers worldwide.
At the Animal Behaviour Symposium vivid examples have been used to translate this research into a new way of dealing with animals.

50 years ago when Jane Goodall first set foot on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Gombe Tanzania, no one could have suspected that chimpanzees use tools, organized warfare or adopted another's young. Today it is clear that the difference between humans and chimpanzees is very small. Despite the differences, it became clear that the feelings, emotions and intelligence of chimpanzees is more like that of humans than that of any other animal.

Irene Pepperberg has spent 35 years doing research on the intelligence of African Grey parrots. Alex, a parrot who became the protagonist in the study eventually became world famous. Through the analysis methodology used, Irene could not only demonstrate that parrots do not simply parrot, these rare birds were also found to have an intelligence comparable to the intelligence of a 4 year old child.

The studies done by Goodall and Pepperberg are not only of importance understanding chimpanzees and parrots. More and more people who work with animals on a professional basis understand that one can use the intelligence of the animal. By starting from the mental and emotional capacities of animals an entirely new relationship between man and animal can be developed. The animal behaviour symposium offers veterinarians, animal handlers and serious pet owners the opportunity to learn the results of decades of research and put it into practice on a daily basis.

Besides Jane Goodall and Irene Pepperberg workshops and lectures will be given by Kayce Cover Certified Animal Behavior Consultant,

Dr. Valerie Jonckheer from Department of Animals in Science and Society at Utrecht University and Drs January Hooimeijer bird veterinarian / parrot behaviourist.

Professor Jan van Hooff will serve as chairman of the symposium and arrange the introductions.

The Animal Behavior Symposium is organized by a collaboration between Archaeopteryx, Jane Goodall Institute and The Dutch Parrot Foundation.

The Animal Behaviour Symposium will be held on Saturday, November 20 at the Auditorium of the University of Utrecht.
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