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Starting a Program with the Dholes

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At Kolmarden Zoo we started a training program with the Dholes. The first thing we thought them was a call over. This way we could safely shift the animals form exhibit to exhibit. This was pretty quick established, most likely … Read More

4 Ways to Train an Emergency Recall

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One of the first behaviours I choose to train are Call overs and Recalls. I personally think it has so many great aspects to it just because it allows you to look at your animals from a closer range right … Read More

The Top 10 Behaviours of Expert Animal Trainers by Steve Martin

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The Top 10 Behaviors of Expert Animal Trainers Steve Martin Natural Encounters, Inc. Check out their website. Think of a trainer you recognize as an expert. Now, think of the characteristics that inspire you to call that person an expert. … Read More

Ever Heard of “The Window of Opportunity”?

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The Window of Opportunity Right at this moment I’m in a dilemma if I should train the next 2 weeks for a triathlon. The race is called IronMan, it’s a big triathlon race. I’m not able to do a full … Read More

Top 6 myths about zoos

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We all meet these myths almost every day. Lets just bust them once and for all, ok? Feel free to share and use, as you please.     *These myths are busted with facts and general standards from modern western zoos (members … Read More

Thoughts for Behaviour: The Balance of Reinforcement

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The Balance of Reinforcement Life is about balance I mean when one part in your life to high the other parts wont have the same meaning anymore. We see this when friends of family pass away or even our animals. … Read More

Thoughts for Behaviour: Training Social Animals

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Training Social Animals You might agree with me that we as humans are very complicated animals. What could be easy, we make extraordinary difficult. Shouldn’t we just be eating, breeding and surviving? Sounds simple right? I do think it is that … Read More

What if breeding tigers were banned?

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I’m usually happy when authorities tighten up zoo legislations around the world. For all of us zoos it’s better to be on an equivalent level when it comes to animal welfare. For the first time I have seen authorities creating … Read More

Thoughts for Behaviour: Shapes, Forms and Colours

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Shapes, Forms and Colours 3 weeks ago I was in Arizona walking through the desert where I talked with Grey Stafford about many different topics regarding zoological facilities. Animal Training, Enrichment, Conservation efforts  all these topics passed our thoughts. You know … Read More

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