Wildlife Animal Training
Every facility and animal is unique therefore each training project will require a consultation for an estimate to be provided.
Over the phone and in person consultations are available. Please call for details.
One behavior (Example: Lion blood draw training)
Facility chooses the animal and the behavior. I will establish the behavior with the animal and then teach a staff member or two how to cue and practice behavior. Depending on the behavior it may require the animal’s favorite keeper to help facilitate the training. You will supply the diet or treats to be used for training.
Teaching a keeper how to train a behavior
I would work directly with a staff member or keeper and teach basic operant conditioning techniques while working with one of the animals in their care. For example a keeper wants to create a better relationship with his/her rhino and also teach the rhino how to lean in on each side for skin/foot care. I would work regularly with the keeper teaching them how to create a better relationship and also how to appropriately use operant conditioning to create a lasting trained behavior.
Establishing a zoo/facility wide training program
Creating a plan to implement zoo wide training can be difficult. Many zoo’s don’t have an emergency recall established with their “dangerous” animals, crate training, scale training, and even an appropriate command for the animal to come on or off exhibit. Starting by acquiring basic needs from the vet staff, keepers, and zoo requirements for the public, can be the best place to begin. Then working closely with staff area by area creating training plans and seeing those are being implemented appropriately will be a requirement.
Animal Transition Training
Many animals coming into a new facility don’t have a program in place specifically for them. For example in Quarantine they should be learning specific behaviors to help them acclimate to their new enclosure. Such as a recall noise, target, etc. From there some animals will require time to get to know their keepers before going out on display. I will create an appropriate program for the new animal to help it adjust appropriately to it’s new environment, staff, and habitat with as minimal stress as possible.
Many considerations are necessary when you are looking to provide a safe and stimulating habitat for an exotic animal. Enclosures that are able to provide multiple levels of enrichment and many access points for training or appropriate interactions is imperative. If you need assistance in habitat design please call to set up a consultation.
Design fee: dependent on your specific needs
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