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January 28-30, 2020 Zoo Consulting Tennessee, USA
February 7-8, 2020, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX, USA
February 11-13 2020, Zoo Consulting Oregon, USA
February 21-24, 2020 The Art and Science of Animal Training Conference Hurst, TX, USA More information here
Barbara will be presenting on the following topic:
Exotic Animal Training: The Constructional Approach to Addressing Extreme Fear and Aggressive Behavior
In zoological settings we are training everything from snarling big cats to flighty herds of antelopes. Traditionally our first step has involved delivering preferred food items. But some animals present such extreme fear responses or aggressive behavior in the presence of humans, that food holds little value. Trying to use systematic desensitization and keeping animals below threshold can be challenging to apply due to enclosure design. And results are often slowly realized in these cases, if at all. The constructional approach empowers animals to replace fear or aggressive behavior with desired responses. Usually within one or two sessions, the animal is approaching to accept desired items or experiences. When applying the constructional approach in zoos, we have a number of different challenges to address such as enclosure design, limited visibility, needing to know the natural history of the species, and how to apply the protocol to a group of animals. This presentation will show video examples of how the constructional approach is helping a variety of species of animals commonly cared for in zoos.
February 25-26, 2020 Frank Buck Zoo Gainesville, TX, USA
March 29- April 2, 2020 The Animal Behavior Management Alliance Conference BeekseBergen, The Netherlands. More information here.
September 24, 2020 Southwest Veterinary Symposium Fort Worth, TX, USA Barbara will be presenting at this event. Visit this link for more information. https://www.swvs.org/
September 29- October 3, 2020 European Association of Zoos and Aquarium Conference Zoo Leipzig, Germany
October 30-November 1, 2020 Academic Animals East Yorkshire, UK. Barbara is presenting at this event. More info coming soon at https://www.pasevents.co.uk/academicanimals2020/
November 14-17, 2020 Zoological Association of America Conference Fort Worth, Texas