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Training Advanced Husbandry Behaviors in an Aging Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) to Assist with Geriatric Care

Training Polar Bears for Voluntary Blood Draws and the Benefits

Stretcher Training of Black Tip Reef Sharks for Transport

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Training Advanced Husbandry Behaviors in an Aging Sea Otter <em>(Enhydra lutris)</em> to Assist with Geriatric Care

Training Advanced Husbandry Behaviors in an Aging Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) to Assist with Geriatric Care

Since Georgia Aquarium opened in 2005, the aquarium has provided a home to a total of five southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis). Over the years, through the maintenance of strong behavioral fundamentals and desensitization, the sea otters have been trained a variety of husbandry behaviors ... More »

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Stretcher Training of Black Tip Reef Sharks for Transport

Stretcher Training of Black Tip Reef Sharks for Transport

In 2013 Dolphin Quest Hawaii, located at the beautiful Hilton Waikoloa Village resort, temporarily acquired two adult male blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus), from a local oceanographic charter school that was in the middle of moving campuses and renovating their shark lagoon ... More »

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Training Polar Bears for Voluntary Blood Draws and the Benefits

Training Polar Bears for Voluntary Blood Draws and the Benefits

Keepers started to notice that Glacier became lethargic and disinterested in certain food items, and was no longer eating herring, capelin, beef fat, or his carnivore raw meat diet. Keepers further found straw and sand in his feces and noticed he was no longer enthusiastic about participating in training sessions ... More »

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President's Corner

President's Corner

As I am sitting here typing my first installation of the President’s Corner, I find myself reflecting on the incredible conversations around behavior had at our 2018 conference in Portugal.  What is fantastic about our gatherings is that whatever the behavioral or welfare topic, there are so many resources to tap and an abundance of different opinions to measure ... More »

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Conservation Briefs

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Canada Updates Marine Mammal Watching Guidelines – Harmful Algal Bloom On The West Coast Of Florida – Invasive Rats Disturb Island And Coral Reef Ecosystems

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Hawksbill Sea Turtle

Scientific name: Eretmochelys imbricata

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