The mission of the Behavior Scientific Advisory Group (BAG) is to promote positive welfare and science-based approaches to animal training, enrichment, and behavior-based husbandry programs. The BAG serves the AZA community of accredited institutions by supplying tools to support and enhance institutional programs, providing technical advice to meet the husbandry, social, and behavioral needs of animals, and promoting behavioral strategies which can be applied to the conservation of species.
It is overseen by the Animal Welfare Committee.
The BAG is administered by a Steering Committee of four Officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary & Treasurer) and 11 additional members, all of whom are elected from the general BAG membership, which is composed of representatives from AZA Accredited Institutions. The primary functions of the BAG are to:
Questions about the BAG? Please contact Erika Bauer, Chair.
Interested in being involved in animal behavior discussions? Join the Animal Behavior Open Forum.
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