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Enrichment Puzzle Boxes for Dolphins

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Enrichment Puzzle Boxes for Dolphins At our marine mammal facility in the zoo we have a very creative team of trainers who put together amazing enrichment projects. One of these projects is making enrichment into puzzle pieces what basically means … Read More

Recalls For Safety Scenarios

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Recalls for safety scenarios At kolmårdens Djurpark we started to train our pride of Lions a Recall. What means whatever you are doing come to the trainer or a set position. In our case we decided that we want to … Read More

Training an Elephant Bull Called Tonsak

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Training an Elephant Bull Called Tonsak Tonsak is getting trained on a daily basis with a focus on medical behaviours. His repertoire is pretty broad but we are still moving forward to get more husbandry behaviours for better care of Tonsak. … Read More

Desensitisation As a Concept

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Desensitisation As a Concept Desensitisation is used in basically any training strategy. Desensitisation means getting used to the scenario, the situation, various objects etc. Desensitisation is an important subject we go through in training our animals. When done properly the animal is comfortable … Read More

Thoughts for Behaviour: Species and individuals who prefer to flee… Where do you start?

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Species and individuals who prefer to flee… Where do you start? You know this one animal, or these species who are extremely afraid of humans? In the marine mammal world, we do have these individuals who are more sensitive than … Read More

Thoughts for Behaviour: An upgrade in history…

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An upgrade in history… Operant and classical conditioning is not new as we know. The foot steps have been made a long time ago by for example Sir I.Pavlov and Sir B.F. Skinner. Skinner discovered how you can connect behaviours … Read More

Thoughts for Behaviour: Curiosity in Terrestrial Animals

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Curiosity in Terrestrial Animals Over the last few months, I’ve been writing a lot about motivation connected to marine mammals. Now, I’ve been introduced to a new position at Kolmårdens Djurpark where I’m able to rediscover this motivation and training … Read More

Thoughts for Behaviour: The moment you say, “Yes!”

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The moment you say, “Yes!” Within the positive reinforcement training strategies, there are plenty of different styles that trainers use to best utilize these training methods.  The beautiful thing is that everything fits in this box, but one is definitely … Read More

Thoughts for Behaviour: Inventive Methods of Reinforcement

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Inventive Methods of Reinforcement We will never know exactly what an animal is thinking, but there is beauty in all that we can discover. If we open our minds, we can really see what is possible. We are all inventors … Read More

Thoughts for Behaviour: The Three E’s

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The Three E’s Through my time training animals, I’ve always found it very interesting how our energy can reflect to our animals. Using our energy with a variety of animals and observing their responses is an interesting way to keep … Read More

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