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Animal Welfare and Assessment Standards for Marine Animals

Animal welfare is the highest priority for zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). In fact, animal welfare is a core operating principle for AZA-accredited institutions and provides the foundation for all accreditation standards. More

The Unexpected Benefits of Training

Excerpt from The Eye of the Trainer: Animal Training, Transformation, and Trust. Reprinted with permission of the publisher, Sunshine Books, Inc. More

IMATA Research & Conservation Fund Update

Election Results for the Board of Directors

Regional Reports

Keep up on news from IMATA members around the world. More

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The Unexpected Benefits of Training

The Unexpected Benefits of Training

We frequently discuss the benefits of training and the advantages of focusing on positive reinforcement, but I have long believed that training does far more than we sometimes realize. Positive reinforcement training expands an animal's repertoire, makes them better problem solvers, increases their resilience to change and, dare I say it, boosts their intelligence.

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Animal Welfare and Assessment Standards for Marine Animals

Animal Welfare and Assessment Standards for Marine Animals

To minimize disagreements regarding animal welfare, defining what does not constitute animal welfare is equally important to welfare assessments. Welfare is not the same as animal care. Animal care can be defined as what we provide and do for the animals.

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Election Results for the Board of Directors

Election Results for the Board of Directors

Results from our recent Board of Directors election for President Elect, Treasurer and 3rd Vice President.

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IMATA Research & Conservation Fund Update

IMATA Research & Conservation Fund Update

The Research and Conservation Committee is pleased to put out some great news for the start of 2021! The IMATA board with the recommendation of the Research and Conservation Committee have approved a research grant that will be distributed to the North Carolina Zoo for their project entitled “Horned Puffin Study” ... More »

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Regional Reports

Regional Reports

Keep up on news from IMATA members around the world.

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Notices and Announcements

Notices and Announcements

Information on upcoming workshops, seminars, conferences, and more

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Conservation Briefs

Conservation Briefs

Rice's Whale – The Long-Term Success of Dolphin Rescues – Sea Levels May Be Rising Faster Than We Think

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Education Forum

Education Forum

Virtual Encounters: Experiencing the Wonders of Animals From the Comfort of Home – The downy softness of feathers when touching a penguin, the light brush of leathery paws when feeding a sea otter…these are some of the special guest moments from our animal encounters ... More »

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What's Up Doc?

What's Up Doc?

Talking Hemp, with Dr. Jo: What is CBD-derived hemp, and is it legal? What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS), and what is CBD’s mechanism of action in the body? Since we now understand that serotonin plays a major role in the brain-gut axis, when animals are in a disease state, what serological values should we monitor and what vitamins should we supplement if there is a deficiency? What animals have been studied to have an ECS, and are there any zoo or marine animals being administered a hemp extract?

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Off The Shelf

Off The Shelf

Book Review: What the Robin Knows, by Jon Young

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IMATA Business

IMATA Board and Committees

Board Members and Committees at the time of this issue

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The Editorial Staff

Election Results for the Board of Directors

Results from our recent Board of Directors election.

IMATA Research & Conservation Fund Update

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Notices and Announcements

Information on upcoming workshops, seminars, conferences, and more

Conservation Briefs

Features conservation tidbits from around the world

Education Forum

Virtual Encounters: Experiencing the Wonders of Animals From the Comfort of Home

What's Up Doc?

Talking Hemp, with Dr. Jo

Off The Shelf

Book Review: What the Robin Knows, by Jon Young

Animal Facts

Harbor Seal

Scientific name: Phoca vitulina

Green Conservation

Toxic Chemicals

Dioxin can contaminate air, soil and water and enters the human food supply by bioaccumulating in the fat of fish, seabirds and mammals as it travels up the food chain. (“EPA Links Dioxin To Cancer: Risk Estimate Raised Tenfold”)