Animal training is part of everyday life at the Zoo and most of the time is fairly routine. But, every once in a while a training breakthrough happens that’s both unexpected and unprecedented. On this episode of Off Exhibit, we’re talking with Area Manager Pam Carter. Pam is leading a team of dedicated primate keepers who have trained a complex new chimp behavior with remarkable success. Discover how this new development could lead to improved healthcare for the Zoo’s troop of 11 chimpanzees and how this amazing training breakthrough is an example of the deeper trust between keepers and chimpanzees. Plus, learn how the voluntary skills chimpanzees are now displaying here for the first time may help chimpanzees at other zoos.
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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.