I’ve been meaning to take a video of the keepers and animals doing a training session and finally remembered last week. The keepers each work with a specific animal or group of animals:
The red ruffed lemurs are working with Cassidy.
The ring tail lemurs are working with Kristen
The bears are working with Katy
The barred owls are working with Jill
Max the steer is working with Kent
Lightning the donkey is working with Erin
Chummix goat is working with Marilyn
The animals and keepers are making great progress. A few of the behaviors being worked on are: the lemurs are starting to sit in carriers on their own, Ursula bear is now walking easily on the scale, the donkey is holding still, and Chummix is learning how to get his halter put on without headbutting.
The video below is 3 minutes long and you can see Marilyn working on getting Chummix to Stay, some target training as well as some desensitization to touch and halter. Our behavior consultant was watching and commenting to Marilyn during the session, so it’s her voice you will hear. I’ll spotlight Julie at the end of the month so you can learn about her.