WILLOW HECHT, MSc.
Thesis title: "Development of a Holistic Welfare Assessment Tool for Rescued Tigers (Panthera tigris spp.) in Accredited U.S. Sanctuaries."
Skilled care for 16 species of exotic cat and five species of exotic mammal at the largest big cat sanctuary in the world. Resident staff member for two years. Head of Enrichment Commitee, 2011-2014. Enrichment Queen Award, 2011.
Lee Houts Travel Grant winner, the SHAPE of Enrichment. Presented at the International Conference on Environmental Enrichment 2017, Bogota, Colombia. Full text:
Fire Hose and Rope Splicing Enrichment Workshop, 8 hours, Hose 2 Habitat (Orange, New Jersey 2018)
Wildlife Management and Veterinary Care Seminar, 24 hours, Organización de Eventos Scientíficos (OECI) and the Universidad Científica del Sur (Lima, Peru 2017)
Holistic Enrichment Workshop and Practical, 20 hours, the SHAPE of Enrichment (Bogotá, Colombia 2017)
Guest speaker, Mayo Healthcare, “Tigers I Have Known: Caring for Rescued Big Cats and Other Exotic Animals” (Northfield, Vermont 2018)
Guest speaker, Westview Meadows at Montpelier, “Tigers I Have Known: Caring for Rescued Big Cats and Other Exotic Animals” (Montpelier, Vermont 2018)
Captive Animal Research and Enrichment Society (CARE), Member, Board of Directors
Animal Behavior Society (ABS), Member
Universities Federation of Animal Welfare (UFAW), Student Member
Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Student Member
Big Cat Rescue
Animal Defenders International
The SHAPE of Enrichment
Zoologico Warmy, Huaral, Peru
Zoologico UNSAAC, Cusco, Peru
“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. . . We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.” ― Henry Beston, 1928