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Benefits of Training a Large Collection of Rays for Husbandry and Interactive Behaviors

THE USE OF OPERANT CONDITIONING TO IMPROVE HUSBANDRY TREATMENT OF ORAL LESIONS IN PACIFIC BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS (Tursiops truncatus)

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Integrating Storytelling into Daily Presentations to Promote Wildlife Saving Behavior with Ambassador Animals

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Benefits of Training a Large Collection of Rays for Husbandry and Interactive Behaviors

Benefits of Training a Large Collection of Rays for Husbandry and Interactive Behaviors

Gulf World Marine Park became part of Dolphin Discovery in late 2015 and is now part of a large family consisting of 24 marine parks in ten countries. Gulf World is located in Panama City Beach, Florida and is home to over 35 terrestrial and aquatic species and over 130 animals.

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The Use Of Operant Conditioning To Improve Husbandry Treatment Of Oral Lesions In Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins <em>(Tursiops truncatus)</em>

The Use Of Operant Conditioning To Improve Husbandry Treatment Of Oral Lesions In Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

The presence of viral and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) oral lesions has been reported in cetaceans both in wild populations and those maintained under human care (Bossart, Shin-je, Rehtanz, & Goldstein, 2005). In recent years, the number of related lesion reports in all populations has increased, which may correlate with closer monitoring efforts, an increase in affected animals, or both (Bossart et al ... More »

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President's Corner

President's Corner

Hello IMATA! I cannot believe how fast time is flying by, but it is very real as I am preparing for our mid-year board of director and committee chair meetings and strategic planning session. With several hours on the agenda dedicated to the strategic vision of your professional association, I am sure we will have plenty to offer during our report to you at the annual conference ... More »

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Conservation Briefs

Conservation Briefs

Oceanic Blue Carbon: How Marine Mammals Help Mitigate Climate Impacts – Sperm Whale Full of Plastic – Manatee Response to Watercrafts

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Research Briefs

Research Briefs

Manatees in Motion - The Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) is a large, slow moving, aquatic herbivore that resides in both fresh and saltwater environments. In 1996, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium was given the opportunity to house and care for 2 ... More »

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Education Forum

Education Forum

Integrating Storytelling into Daily Presentations to Promote Wildlife Saving Behavior with Ambassador Animals - The term “storytelling” is becoming a popular term in a variety of industries but is particularly prevalent in the non-profit sector ... More »

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A few words from IMATA's President, Kelly Flaherty Clark.

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Manatees in Motion

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Integrating Storytelling into Daily Presentations to Promote Wildlife Saving Behavior with Ambassador Animals

Animal Facts

Giant Pacific Octopus

Scientific name: Enteroctopus dofleini

Green Conservation

Energy Consumption

In the U.S., the pulp and paper industry is the second largest consumer of energy.  It uses more water than any other industry to produce a ton of product. (Paper Cuts: Recovering the Paper Landscape, Worldwatch Institute, 1999)