Detroit Zoo leaders to assess animal care in China

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - Detroit Zoo officials plan to travel to China to assess animal welfare practices and conduct training workshops at three of the country's major zoos.

The zoo based in the suburb of Royal Oak said Thursday that Chief Executive Ron Kagan and others will travel to China this week and visit zoos in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. He's expected to meet with leaders and staff members as well as review animal habitats.

Two other Detroit Zoo officials also are scheduled to help lead a four-day workshop entitled "From Good Care to Great Welfare." It includes lectures, discussions, exercises and hands-on experiences.

Kagan says he was invited by officials after discussing animal welfare at the Chinese Zoo Association's annual director's meeting last year.

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