• "I like having the long-term view of welfare – because sometimes things change so gradually that you don’t realize it."

    Lead Keeper

    23 yrs experience
  • "It’s good to see the graphs… sometimes they flag something that we weren’t aware of."

    Senior Keeper

    23 yrs experience
  • "If the use of this tool was extended over several years, one could see how well-being changes over a lifetime. This could be really fascinating and useful."

    Researcher & Workgroup Coordinator

  • "The tool provides a way to quantify the qualitative observations that keepers are already making. This tool adds precision to the keepers’ observations..."

    Assistant Curator

    32 yrs experience
  • "I can read the dailies, but reading the reports is quicker & easier… I can breeze through these pages and know what the animal has been doing for the past few weeks."

    Keeper

    3 yr experience
  • "By watching the patterns, we started paying more attention to how we could change their behavior and how to eliminate the negative trends."

    Keeper

    5 yrs experience
  • "The best part about WelfareTrak® is putting some sort of quantitative analysis on what a lot of keepers would refer to as gut feelings."

    Lead Keeper

    20 yrs experience
  • "I learned more about what Opie Okapi does with his time… I spent more time looking at how HE spent his day."

    Lead Keeper

    27 yrs experience
  • "It made me think and pay attention more. This is a good learning tool for anyone new to the field – or anyone period - to get them to hone in..."

    Keeper

    17 yrs experience
  • "Before, I looked at their condition overall rather than breaking down welfare by categories. There was more of a refinement in how you looked at them."

    Associate Curator

    29 yrs experience
  • "It’s helpful to have the behaviors broken down by categories. Here’s what animal welfare means to us."

    Associate Curator

    29 yrs experience
  • "WelfareTrak® helped staff make better observations."

    Lead Keeper

    28 yrs experience
  • "It made me more observant of their ‘whole selves’… it made me look at every aspect of the animal."

    Keeper

    12 yrs experience
  • "It was good just to sit down and think about welfare… to sit and focus on it rather than while cutting up veggies."

    Primary Keeper

    16 yrs experience
  • "The best part of this is that there is time set aside for everyone to get in one room and talk about welfare – to look at the reports."

    Senior Keeper

    23 yrs experience
  • "We normally wouldn’t have these documents in front of us. So, we learned how to communicate a little better AND were a little more detailed and a little more organized… it helped provide a little structure."

    Assistant Curator

    13 yrs experience
  • "Having WelfareTrak® available prompted discussions that we may not have had… A lot of the things WelfareTrak® asks about aren’t logged daily or aren’t discernable from the logs. If I could pull up both, I would choose to look at WelfareTrak®."

    Associate Curator

    32 yrs experience
  • "I liked the discussions that it led to with my coworkers. It brought up some things that we hadn’t talked about before. It was good to have a discussion about our opinions and why we felt a certain way."

    Keeper

    12 yrs experience
  • "This tool allows keepers to better understand their coworkers – to understand how their coworkers may interpret the same behaviors differently and how they interact with each individual animal."

    Researcher & Workgroup Coordinator

  • "The best part of it was the insight into how my coworkers think."

    Lead Keeper

    27 yrs experience
  • "This helps you get to know the keepers who you thought you’ve known for years – and may help to give you a different perspective... this helps you understand where they're coming from."

    Keeper

    17 yrs experience
  • "This forced me to pay attention to little details which helps me. This threw me into the mix of Senior Keeper status more quickly."

    Keeper

    9 yrs experience
  • "WelfareTrak would help completely green keepers. This would help their observation skills."

    Keeper

    13 yrs experience
  • "We had brand new zookeeping students use the system with no issues – it isn’t difficult."

    Conservation Education Specialist & Workgroup Coordinator

  • "It was very easy to click through the site. I’m not computer savvy and it was easy for me."

    Keeper

    15 yrs experience