ZAWEC (Zoo Animal Welfare Education Centre) was established as a joint initiative of the Fundació Barcelona Zoo and the group of Ethology and Animal Welfare of the School of Veterinary Science of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
ZAWEC has as main objectives the training and research in welfare of zoo animals.
Its main activities are:
- Developing and validating welfare assessment protocols for different species in captivity.
- Organizing and conducting various courses on welfare of zoo animals.
- Providing advice and scientific documentation on the welfare of wild animals in captivity.
- Developing research projects on welfare of wild animals in captivity.