In this episode Ben and I sit down to talk about how to go about setting a baseline for an enrichment program and what that even means. We also answer some audience questions about what to do with an animal that just wont interact with enrichment! Enjoy!
In this episode we are once again joined by Ben! We talk about how you can go about getting your team on board with an enrichment program and what to do when a team member won't budge. We also talk about how important it is to get everyone on your team on the same page when it comes to enrichment evaluation and overall interpretation of animal behaviour. Enjoy!
An important concept to always keep in the back of your mind with behavioural husbandry, is the fact that you are trying to enrich the lives of the individual animals under your care and not the entire species. What I mean by that is, when you are designing an enrichment program, you need to design the program to benefit the individual animal or group of individuals that you are caring for, many of these individuals will have special needs, tendencies and behaviours that could stray from what we envision the “ideal” needs, tendencies and behaviours should be, based on what we know about these animals in the wild.
I think that the ability to think critically and make “good” decisions is one of the most important skills in animal care. Luckily It’s a skill that can be learned and improved upon with some practice. Here’s a podcast on how to do just that, check it out!
Based on the article "How to Think Critically and Make Better Decisions in Animal Care"
In this podcast we are once again joined by Ben Martin. We start by talking about the various effects the pandemic has had on the animal care industry as a whole as well as how to deal with professional burnout from the pandemic. We also Answer some questions from our audience including data surrounding enrichment and how to use it.
In todays episode we once again sit down with Ben Martin to chat enrichment. We go over the results of the Enrichment Challenge survey and what those results mean for the industry. We also talk about how to save time with enrichment and the debate between natural and non-natural enrichment items.
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Times are tough for zoos all around the world right now and these tough times often negatively effect enrichment programs. Getting community involvement in an enrichment program is a great way to still have a great program during these tough times!
In this podcast I sit down with Ben Martin and we talk about how browse can be used as a tool in an enrichment program and how it can help bridge the gap between environmental enrichment and nutrition. We also talk about the many ways browse can be enriching for a variety of animals as well as how to go about starting your own browse program.
In this episode we will be talking about the importance of monitoring foraging time in the animals under you care and how it can be improved to mimic their natural environment. Read the original article here: https://wildenrichment.com/articles/foraging-time-in-zoos-and-aquariums/