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The Use of Data to Track and Adjust the Socialization of Killer Whales (Orcinus orca)

The Memory Game:

the training of a marked behavior and memory recall concept in the Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus gilli) More

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The Use of Data to Track and Adjust the Socialization of Killer Whales <em>(Orcinus orca)</em>

The Use of Data to Track and Adjust the Socialization of Killer Whales (Orcinus orca)

SeaWorld San Diego is home to 11 killer whales (Orcinus orca), the largest group of killer whales managed in human care. The socialization of the animals presents a dynamic and challenging task for trainers to maintain a cooperative group including four adult males, four adult females, one post-reproductive female, a calf and one sub-adult.

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The Memory Game: the training of a marked behavior and memory recall concept in the Pacific bottlenose dolphin <em>(Tursiops truncatus gilli)</em>

The Memory Game: the training of a marked behavior and memory recall concept in the Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus gilli)

Dolphin Adventure began a Cognition Training Program in 2009 to provide increased mental stimulation and enrichment during routine husbandry and guest interaction sessions. These behaviors include repeat, combine, sequence, copy, and you choose, and they were termed concept behaviors because they utilize a generalized-conditioned stimulus to cue an animal to produce responses according to the type of concept.

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President's Corner

President's Corner

A few words from IMATA's President, Grey Stafford.

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Election Results for the 2018-2020 Board of Directors

Election Results for the 2018-2020 Board of Directors

This year’s nominees for office comprise an outstanding group of animal professional’s eager to help and willing to provide their expertise to IMATA’s future. We encourage interested professionals to get involved by supporting various committees as a stepping-stone to serving the organization as a Committee Chair or Director.

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Regional Reports

Regional Reports

Keep up on news from IMATA members around the world with reports submitted for publication on 16 July 2017.

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Notices and Announcements

Notices and Announcements

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Off The Shelf

Off The Shelf

Book Review: Better Together: The Collective Wisdom of Modern Dog Trainers, edited by Ken Ramirez

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Enriching Environments

Enriching Environments

To create new and exciting challenges involving the same enrichment items the trainers strung two to four objects together with plastic tubes before presenting them to the dolphins. Due to this modification, a single ball could only be retrieved if two or more animals worked together in order to loosen the plastic tubes.

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Education Forum

Education Forum

In October 2013, the Oregon Coast Aquarium adopted two non-releasable California Brown Pelicans from a local rehabilitation facility with the lofty goal of training them to be ambassador animals. Our plan was to build JoJo and Wren a behind-the-scenes enclosure and train them to come onto grounds to meet the public.

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Back to Basics

Back to Basics

From Fins and Flippers to Tails, Fur, and Claws… Positive reinforcement techniques have been known for decades and mostly used in the marine mammal field. With various conditioned reinforcers and different reinforcement schedules we teach our animals behaviors for various purposes.

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President's Corner

A few words from IMATA's President, Grey Stafford.

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Election Results for the 2018-2020 Board of Directors

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Off The Shelf

Book Review: Better Together: The Collective Wisdom of Modern Dog Trainers

Enriching Environments

Enhancing Cooperative Behavior of Male Alliances by Cognitive Enrichment Items

Education Forum

The “Path” to Stardom for a Pair of Pelicans

Back to Basics

From Fins and Flippers to Tails, Fur, and Claws…

Animal Facts

Green Sea Turtle

Scientific name: Chelonia mydas

Green Conservation

Paper Really Stacks Up

About 3 billion of the approximately 4.7 billion magazines that are delivered to newsstands each year never even reach a reader. This many magazines, placed end to end, would circle the Earth 20 times.