No tricks. No performances. There is definitely no monkey business going on. In a zoo, training programs for wildlife are some of the most complex and beneficial parts of daily life for both keepers and animals. Believe it or not, each species gets its own tailor made plan and training specific behaviors can sometimes take weeks, months, even years to perfect. The rewards, though, are significant for both man and beast. On this episode of Off Exhibit we’ll take you behind-the-scenes with Julie Grove, The Maryland Zoo’s Animal Behavior and Training Coordinator. Learn what it’s like to train animals and the lengths keepers go to build bonds with the animals in their care.
Plus, discover the wild world of animal “enrichment.” Hear the inventive ways keepers challenge and change the daily experiences of animals at the zoo and how it improves the health and wellbeing of the many species on exhibit.
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Off Exhibit is a podcast featuring in-depth discussions with animal professionals and wildlife experts from behind-the-scenes at the Maryland Zoo. Subscribe via iTunes, Android, or RSS. New episodes uploaded on Wednesdays.