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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

5 Animals That Wouldn’t Exist Without Zoos

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Conservation plays a big role in zoos today. Some of the work we do is long term and it can be hard be hard for the public to understand the value of. Here are 5 examples that are the exact opposite … Read More

Giant Otter Training: Active Participation in Captive Healthcare.

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Abstract. After receiving 0.2 giant otters in 2013, the Birmingham Zoo implemented a proactive training program in order to assist species husbandry and medical needs in a captive setting. With no prior experience and minimal information on giant otters available, … Read More

Urgent: 30 vaquita porpoises left – your contribution is needed for the rescue!

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IMATA (International Marine Mammal Trainers Association) has put up a fundraising campaign for an urgent rescue of the last remaining 30 vaquitas. The vaquita is a very rare species of porpoise, the most endangered marine mammal in the world.  The species … Read More

Thought for Behaviour: Negative Reinforcement… A Go or a No Go?

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Negative Reinforcement; A Go or a No Go? I grew in a household together with my brother. We are actually only 1,5 year difference. We lived in a village where we could play outside. It was that time when you … Read More

When great conservation meets human selfishness

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 Conservation of endangered species and environments is something I think should play a vital role in the work done by zoos. Keeping genetically important animals that in a longer perspective – and maybe also a worst case scenario – could … Read More

Weight Management is Not a Four-Letter Word

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Abstract This presentation will provide attendees a chance to look holistically at weight management. The topic is focusing weight management and dispelling the myths around the negativity of the term. There is a lot of discussion currently about the pros and … Read More

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