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  • 3rd International Animal Training Conference 12th – 16th June 2016

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    After the fantastic success of the second International Animal Training Conference Twycross Zoo are very proud to announce they will once again be running this event! (Sponsors include feedpods)

    Entitled “Animal Training – The Journey”, the conference will focus on the hows, ifs and whys of animal training, showing both the trainers’ and animals’ journeys from concept to conclusion. Whilst we’re all very proud of showing off the finished results of our training sometimes the most interesting and exciting part of the process is how we got there. The conference will delve into this area looking at the entire process rather than just the final result.

    You may have also noticed that the event is now over four days, please check back soon for more details and see our exciting plans unravel as we continue to plan for this exciting 3rd International Animal Training Conference.

    Just as before all animal training related fields are welcome, from exotics to guide dogs, killer whales to snails – please come and share your animal training journey with us.

    Keep checking back on the Twycross Zoo web site www.twycrosszoo.org for further information or please email twycross.conferences@twycrosszoo.org so we can keep you up to date with all our exciting developments.

    Do you want to attend? Even better, do you want to present?  Start thinking now about your travel plans, and we hope to see all of you in 2016!

     

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    feedpods3rd International Animal Training Conference 12th – 16th June 2016
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    Disney’s Animal Kingdom Enrichment

    Enrichment is a key part of the animal care program at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Often enrichment involves treats, such as foods, toys, or fragrances, that prompt animals to explore, make choices and maintain a level of activity in their habitat similar to their natural behavior in the wild. For Halloween, Disney’s animal care team introduced some pumpkin based enrichment and the result is this incredibly cute video:

     

    Source: http://thedisneyblog.com/2011/11/01/disneys-animal-kingdom-halloween-enrichment/

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    Did you know? Elephants

    • Elephants are the largest land animals in the world.
    • Their unique trunk acts as part nose, part hand to assist in breathing, detecting odors, manipulating objects, social interactions, eating, dust bathing, drawing-up water and releasing water into the mouth.
    • Elephants have the longest gestation of any land animal of 21.5 months.
    • Elephants have the largest brain of any land animals.
    • Elephants are long lived. Studies have shown that life expectancy at birth in African elephants is 41 years for females and 24 years for males. Maximum lifespan for females is over 65 years, and for males it is close to 60 years. Elephants’ developmental rate is similar to humans.
    • There are currently two recognized species of elephants, the Asian elephant and theAfrican elephant. Recent genetic research indicates that the forest elephant, currently considered a subspecies of the African elephant, may actually be a separate and distinct species.
    • In general, older, experienced females lead elephant families (matriarchal herds). Female herd members are usually related, but occasionally non-related individuals join to form families.
    • Female family members often stay together for their entire lives.
    • Elephants produce and hear vocalizations below the range of human hearing (infrasonic). These low frequency calls can travel several miles and may be used to coordinate their movements. Females may also use these calls to announce their willingness to breed.

      Source: https://www.aza.org/uploadedFiles/Education/Resources_for_Educators/Conservation_Messages/elephant-conservation-messages.pdf

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    What is “Enrichment”?

    Defining Enrichment

    Animal care staffs have been enriching the lives of animals for as long as there have been zoos and zookeepers. It was only recently (beginning in the 1970’s) that the concept was formerly described as “enrichment.”

    Enrichment can be defined as:

    “…a process for improving or enhancing animal environments and care within the context of their inhabitants’ behavioral biology and natural history. It is a dynamic process in which changes to structures and husbandry practices are made with the goal of increasing behavioral choices available to animals and drawing out their species-appropriate behaviors and abilities, thus enhancing animal welfare (AZA/BAG 1999).

    Milwaukee County Zoo

    The Zoo has been using iPads as an enrichment tool since 2011 for its primates, namely the orangutans, and also for the lowland gorillas and bonobos. iPads provide the primates with a very unique form of enrichment.

    See link: http://www.milwaukeezoo.org/conservation/ipad.php

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