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Hand-Rearing 3 Neonatal Pacific Walrus (Obobenus rosmarus divergens)

SeaWorld San Diego began documenting formulas and hand rearing guidelines for walrus calves in 1987. The walrus guidelines became a living manuscript where subtle changes in the formula and hand rearing procedures were made after many neonate trials.
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Sometimes You Just Need To Be Held: Theater Of The Sea's Disabled California Sea Lion Learns A Voluntary Restraint

Bella’s head does not move when she is sleeping. She is able to keep her head still when asked, but her eyes continue to move as if her head were still moving and have even been known to roll in opposite directions. Bella’s disorder has not inhibited her from participating in swims, meets, paint programs, and various husbandry behaviors.
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Hand-Rearing 3 Neonatal Pacific Walrus <em>(Obobenus rosmarus divergens)</em>

Hand-Rearing 3 Neonatal Pacific Walrus (Obobenus rosmarus divergens)

SeaWorld San Diego began documenting formulas and hand rearing guidelines for walrus calves in 1987. The walrus guidelines became a living manuscript where subtle changes in the formula and hand rearing procedures were made after many neonate trials.

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Sometimes You Just Need To Be Held: Theater Of The Sea's Disabled California Sea Lion Learns A Voluntary Restraint

Sometimes You Just Need To Be Held: Theater Of The Sea's Disabled California Sea Lion Learns A Voluntary Restraint

Bella’s head does not move when she is sleeping. She is able to keep her head still when asked, but her eyes continue to move as if her head were still moving and have even been known to roll in opposite directions. Bella’s disorder has not inhibited her from participating in swims, meets, paint programs, and various husbandry behaviors.

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President's Corner

President's Corner

A few words from IMATA's President, Michele Sousa.

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Regional Workshop Reports

Regional Workshop Reports

A recap of the NW Regional at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Midwest Regional at Indianapolis Zoo, SE Regional at Miami Seaquarium, NE Regional of Maritime Aquarium, Caribbean Regional of Coral World, and China Regional jointly hosted by the Aquaria Committee of Chinese Association of Natural Science Museums (CANSM), Ocean Park Hong Kong and the Hai Chang Aquarium group ... More »

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Regional Reports

Regional Reports

Keep up on news from IMATA members around the world.

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Off The Shelf

Off The Shelf

Book Review: Animals in Translation, By Temple Grandin

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Trainer's Forum

Trainer's Forum

Each animal we work with is unique. Some animals are eager to please and extremely motivated. This energy can be both beneficial, and challenging. On the flip side, some animals require lots of strategy to motivate them. How do you approach training with such animals?

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Education Forum

Education Forum

It's a Zoo Out There: Creating Marine Conservation Impacts through Zoological Institution and Animal Involvement - The original purpose of zoological facilities was to bring exotic animals into people’s lives for entertainment. This is a controversial topic, but one that is becoming more easy to overcome due to a shift in the culture, the practices, and the perception of zoos all around the world.

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Back to Basics

Back to Basics

Let it Go: Using Operant Conditioning to Decrease the Frequency of an Intrinsically Motivating Behavior - With intrinsically motivated behaviors, the reward can be the behavior itself.

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What's Up Doc?

What's Up Doc?

There are many alternative treatments that have been utilized in human medicine that are now being incorporated more consistently into animal care. One of these treatments is laser therapy. There are two different categories of lasers: surgical lasers, such as the CO2 laser, and therapeutic lasers.

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Notices and Announcements

Notices and Announcements

Information on upcoming workshops, seminars, conferences, and more

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IMATA Business

President's Corner

A few words from IMATA's President, Michele Sousa.

Soundings Publication Details

The Editorial Staff

IMATA Board and Committees

Board Members and Committees at the time of this issue

Regional Workshop Reports

A recap of 6 recent Regional Workshops

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Regional Reports

Keep up on news from IMATA members around the world.

Off The Shelf

Book Review: Animals in Translation, By Temple Grandin

Trainer's Forum

Each animal we work with is unique. Some animals require lots of strategy to motivate them ... More »

Education Forum

It's a Zoo Out There: Creating Marine Conservation Impacts through Zoological Institution and Animal Involvement

Back to Basics

Let it Go: Using Operant Conditioning to Decrease the Frequency of an Intrinsically Motivating Behavior

What's Up Doc?

Laser Therapy

Notices and Announcements

Information on upcoming workshops, seminars, conferences, and more

Animal Facts

Hawksbill Sea Turtle

Scientific name: Eretmochelys imbricata

Green Conservation

Wastewater

Wastewater: 34,241,543,545 gallons, as much as the sewage produced by 352,000 households