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Guest Speaker: Grey Stafford – Observations From an Ageing Zoo Guy

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  I had the privilege to meet Dr. G. Stafford several times. We had some great talks over time what gave me more inspiration to make sure our community goes forward in what we are good at. Dr. Stafford is … Read More

How Behaviour Management Improves Animal Welfare – Karolina Westlund

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Karolina has a solid background in ethology, but find that the best approach to behaviour management is interdisciplinary. It is when you mix different perspectives that the true magic happens… The issue of animal feelings is controversial, to say the least. For … Read More

Thought for Behaviour: 3 Schedules to Motivate Your Animal

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3 schedules to motivate your animal… Do you know that us people work on a fixed ratio schedule? Or that we have a fixed interval schedule on a daily basis? That a lot of us in between what we do … Read More

How Fiona and Namsai told the world our story

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On January 24, 2017 the history of Cincinnati Zoo would change forever. A premature calf, Fiona, was born six weeks early. Being the first hippo born in Cincinnati in 75 years, the birth of Fiona was big news in itself. … Read More

Guest Speaker: Jenifer Zeligs – What is the “Fear Factor?”

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Dr. Jenifer Zeligs is a passionate person who I didn’t have the privilege to meet in person yet. With the classes she gives on line she makes me rethink my training strategies what helps me thinking outside the box a … Read More

Thoughts for Behaviour: Combinations, Chains and Intelligence… What About the Others?

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Combinations, Chains and Intelligence… What About the Others? I Like to talk about motivation, it has a very broad spectrum what I like very much. Sky is the limit I always say. As you guys probably all have seen the blog … Read More

Guest Speaker: Kayce Cover – Training multiple species; Always the Same, Except When it is Different…

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  I want to introduce you to Kayce Cover who I have met last year at the IMATA conference and long before on social media platforms. She has trained over 130 different species of animals, ranging from crabs and sharks to dolphins … Read More

Thoughts for Behaviour: Should Food Be Our Main Reinforcer?

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Should food be our main reinforcer? I’m always wondering what’s going on in an animals mind when working with them. There is a curiosity in myself that makes me think about this although at the other hand looking at the … Read More

Zoos got 700 million visitors a year – don’t miss the opportunity

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  Every year we – the zoo community – meet 700 million visitors coming to our parks all around the world. Each and every one of them with a desire to experience animals. We have to take that opportunity and turn … Read More

Thoughts for Behaviour: Training a Group for Individual Reach, How?

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Over the years in my career I had the privilege to learn many new ways of training. My killer whale path took me to different views while going back to pinnipeds gave me completely new thoughts about training those animals. … Read More

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