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Tursiops and Twitter: How Effective Social Media Use Can Change the Public Conversation on Marine Zoological Facilities

Tursiops and Twitter: How Effective Social Media Use Can Change the Public Conversation on Marine Zoological Facilities

The constantly changing and relatively insider world of social media use is a major hurdle for zoos, aquariums, and marine parks in the 21st century, and has played a major role in increased public criticism and pressure on the industry as a whole. Social activism groups, on the other hand, make social media a major priority, making the job of zoos and aquariums to address online criticism even more difficult ... More »

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President's Corner

President's Corner

"And most of all, be proud of the work you do each day to promote marine mammal, and every animal, training with positive reinforcement to encourage public appreciation for wild animals even as you also ensure their higher animal health and welfare ... More »

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2017 Conference Honors and Awards Winners

2017 Conference Honors and Awards Winners

Our host facility, Dolphin Discovery, won the People's Choice Award and we raised $5,692 for IMATA's Hurricane Relief Fund. Find out who won awards for presentations, art, and service at the 2017 IMATA Conference.

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2017 Conference Wrap Up

2017 Conference Wrap Up

This year's theme was "Ever Evolving-The Changing Face of Animal Training." Read a recap of the 2017 IMATA Conference in Riviera Maya, Mexico by VP, Suzanne Smith.

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Regional Reports

Regional Reports

Keep up on news from IMATA members around the world with reports submitted for publication on 18 October 2017.

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Notices and Announcements

Notices and Announcements

Information on upcoming workshops, seminars, conferences, and more

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Off The Shelf

Off The Shelf

Book Review: The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, by Douglas Brinkley

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Conservation Briefs

Conservation Briefs

The Vancouver Aquarium and the University of British Columbia have been collaborating since 2008 in research to help determine the causes of the decline in Northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) in the North Pacific. In 2012 UBC initiated a study testing the effects of commonly used bio-logging tags on energetic expenditure and behavior in Northern fur seals.

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Research Briefs

Research Briefs

An important aspect of hearing is an animal’s ability to localize a sound; this can be important for catching prey, finding mates, navigating their environment, and avoiding danger. This study investigated a loggerhead turtle’s (Caretta caretta) ability to determine the origin of a sound source underwater ... More »

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Education Forum

Education Forum

Our big push for training birds for education came in 2012 from our BST’s. With tours happening throughout the zoo, we wanted to find a way to stand out among the large mammals like gorilla and elephant.

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IMATA Business

President's Corner

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

Soundings Publication Details

The Editorial Staff

IMATA Board and Committees

Board Members and Committees at the time of this issue

2017 Conference Honors and Awards Winners

Find out which presentations took home an award.

2017 Conference Wrap Up

2017 IMATA Conference Wrap Up

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Regional Reports

Keep up on news from IMATA members around the world.

Notices and Announcements

Information on upcoming workshops, seminars, conferences, and more

Off The Shelf

Book Review: The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America

Conservation Briefs

Training Northern Fur Seals (Callorhinus Ursinus) for Physiological Diving Research and Wildlife Tag Calibration

Research Briefs

Orientation of a loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) to an acoustic stimulus

Education Forum

A Puffin, An Auklet, And Murre Walk Into A Bar…No! Out Of Our Exhibit

Animal Facts

African Penguin

Scientific name: Spheniscus demersus

Green Conservation

Toxic Chemicals

Paper production is a leading industrial source of dioxin, which the Environmental Protection Agency has concluded is a known human carcinogen