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Valerie J. Hare


Positions: Co-Founder, Chief Financial Officer, Workshop Coordinator


With Karen Worley, Valerie founded The Shape of Enrichment, Inc. in 1991 and has been a principal ever since. In 2000, Valerie presented an enrichment mini-course at the Brazilian Zoo Congress in Belo Horizonte. With the help of its current instructors, that mini-course has evolved into The Shape of Enrichment Workshop and is designed to assist interested animal caretakers create enrichment plans for the animals in their care. Valerie is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Workshop Coordinator for The Shape of Enrichment, Inc.

Valerie has worked as a Research Animal Care Supervisor (Massachusetts General Hospital), Zoo Keeper (San Diego Wild Animal Park), Behavioral Research Technician (San Diego Zoo), and Enrichment Consultant.

Valerie serves on the International Conference on Environmental Enrichment Committee (since 1997) and The Bear Care Group Board of Directors (since 2007). Valerie holds membership in American Zoo and Aquaria Association, American Association of Zoo Keepers, Zookeepers Association of the Philippines, and Animal Keepers Association of Africa.

Valerie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology (Zoology emphasis) from San Diego State University and an Associates Degree as a Veterinary Technician from State University of New York.


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