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From fins and flippers to tails, fur and claws…

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From fins and flippers to tails, fur and claws…  Positive reinforcement techniques are known for decades and mostly used in the marine mammal field. With various conditioned reinforcers with different reinforcement schedules we teach our animals many new behaviours for … Read More

How we made Namsai taking the right choice.

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Soaking Namsai For asian elephants it is important to soak them once in a while. This makes their skin a lot better and their health goes upwards. At kolmårdens djurpark we train out elephants to be soaked by the trainers … Read More

Whatever you are doing come to me or a set position!

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Recalls “Whatever you are doing, stop and come to the designated position” Recalls are used mainly for safety matters. Its a great tool to vary the day of our animals. We found that with recalls we can even give the … Read More

Thoughts for Behaviour: The Art of Foundation!

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The Art of Foundation Art doesn’t really interest me. The museums with paintings etc they just don’t get me at all. Art is not just paintings, when I was younger I used to breakdance a lot. Breakdance is part of … Read More

A small grip of what we do….

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Kolmårdens Djurparks Animal Training I had the privilege too present Kolmårdens Djurpark at the IMATA 2016 conference in San Diego. What I presented was how we implement marine mammal strategies in the Zoo what gives a new view on how simple foundation … Read More

Thoughts for Behaviour: Predictability vs Unpredictability

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Predictability vs Unpredictability I have worked in various zoos and aquariums around the world over the last 11 years what gave me many new experiences along this road. Im always amazed about how trainers/keepers find solutions for problems and how they … Read More

Thoughts for Behaviour: Choice and Control as part of foundation in mixed exhibits.

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Choice and Control as part of foundation behaviours. Walking through the backstage areas Im thinking about how infrastructures can affect the training of the animals. It has a lot of effect if we think about it. At Kolmårdens djurpark we … Read More

Training a Hornbill

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Training a Hornbill The last month the bird team at Kolmårdens Djurpark has been busy being proactive on foundation behaviours. Beside the hornbills they are making sure other birds on the department will reach the same level so we can give … Read More

Review of the Lion Recall at Kolmårdens Djurpark

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Review of the Lion Recall at Kolmårdens Djurpark The success story continues, our recall works out very well and we keep on improving this great behaviour for the safety of our visitors but questions remain for many of us and … Read More

Thoughts for Behaviour: Mixed exhibits and their animal management.

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Mixed exhibit management. Mixed exhibits is not something from today but its being done in zoos for a while now. The beautiful part is when its done right it looks stunningly beautiful. I’ve been to quite some zoos over the … Read More

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