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How to Think Critically and Make Better Decisions in Animal Care

The Most Important Skill in Animal Care The act of caring for an animal, whether exotic or domesticated, is generally not that hard, people have been caring for animals for thousands of years, with a great deal of success. However, as we learn more about animal behaviour and as the science around what they really …

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Why enrichment isn’t an “extra”

Enrichment for captive animals comes in many forms, from scent based enrichment, social enrichment and environmental enrichment. In many animal care institutions across the world enrichment is still considered to be an “extra” and not part of the normal day to day husbandry routine. Im writing this article to give a definitive argument as to …

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How to Come up with and Implement Novel Enrichment Ideas

There are many challenges animal care professionals face in the day to day implementation of a high quality enrichment program. Time and money constraints are often some of the biggest hurdles to jump through to deliver the animal effective enrichment. One of the largest roadblocks animal care staff can run into is coming up with …

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The Five Elements of a Successful Enrichment Program

Although there are many things that go into an enrichment program in order to make it successful over the long term we believe that these things can be boiled down into 5 key elements. Natural History– A thorough understanding of an animals natural history will allow you to create species specific enrichment opportunities resulting in …

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