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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

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

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