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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

Thoughts for Behaviour: Who is Training Who?

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Do you ever ask yourself the question, Who is training Who? Did you guys meet my brother yet? Ok, he is a man that means a lot to me and gives me quite some inspiration. In the beginning of December we … Read More

When zoos really matter – how we protected the last porpoises

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I’m all for action and less for loose talk. I think I share this with a majority of the public, and that is a good reason for zoos to really step up the game when it comes to conservation efforts. … Read More

Improving Animal Wellness and Guest Experience Through Learning Opportunities and Secondary Reinforcers with a Goliath Grouper (Epinephelus Itajara)

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Improving Animal Wellness and Guest Experience Through Learning Opportunities and Secondary Reinforcers with a Goliath Grouper (Epinephelus Itajara) Abstract Critically endangered goliath groupers (Epinephelus itajara) are an important species to represent from a conservation perspective in aquaria. Cleatus, one of … Read More

Thoughts for Behaviour: Enrichment in the life of our animals.

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Enrichment in the life of our animals. Im from a family with 6 that’s parents included. When I was younger my mom provided us a lof of toys to play with. My most favourite was Playmobile and Lego, who doesn’t know these … Read More

Time to talk zoos – Fifth zoo revolution

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Education, research and conservation – words we have used and taken for granted in the modern zoological society for years. The last years we have also been influenced by enrichment programs and the marine mammal training techniques. We aren’t just training our … Read More

Awareness of Control As A Primary Reinforcer

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Awareness of Control As A Primary Reinforcer Abstract When our training does not go according to plan, we problem solve which includes looking at how we have used the reinforcers and schedules of reinforcement that we have consciously chosen. When … Read More

Thought for Behaviour: Putting Problem Solving in Perspective…

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Problem Solving, its sometimes easier than you think. One of the last courses I give in our training program for the trainers is about problem solving. Its an important task for the trainer to see particular problems and how we … Read More

The Use Of Operant Conditioning In 3 Australian Pelicans (Pelecanus Conspicillatus)

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The Use Of Operant Conditioning In 3 Australian Pelicans (Pelecanus Conspicillatus) Abstract Since 2012 Zoomarine Italy hosts three Australian Pelicans (Pelecanus conspicillatus). The Zoomarine training program allows the cooperation between animals, trainers and veterinarians ensuring high standard of animal welfare. … Read More

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