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ANIMAL CARE Prerequisites

Fundamentals of Animal Learning

Working with San Diego Zoo experts, you will learn about animal behavior and how to apply this knowledge to improve animal care and management in a way that standardizes recording and management of this behavior.

COURSE LENGTH: 1–2 hours

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Regulations and Inspection Readiness

Be a part of ensuring that your zoological organization meets the rigorous government standards necessary for its operations by learning basic regulations and inspection-readiness practices.

COURSE LENGTH: 1–2 hours

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Working Safely with Dangerous Animals

You will discover the industry standards for keeper training and safety when working with dangerous species.

COURSE LENGTH: 1–2 hours

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Zoonotic Disease

West Nile virus, swine flu, avian flu: zoonotic diseases are a real and present danger whose spread can be prevented through the application of basic disease prevention skills.

COURSE LENGTH: 1–2 hours

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Animal Care

Disaster Preparedness

Is your park prepared for the next disaster?  This course will help you be better prepared for an emergency situation including the most common catastrophes, fires and floods.

COURSE LENGTH: 1–2 hours

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Elephant Management Practices

Learn from San Diego Zoo Global animal behavior experts how to manage elephants in a modern trust- based system.

COURSE LENGTH: 1–2 hours

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Ethics

This course is designed to help animal care workers and others to better understand the role of ethics in their daily professional activity.

COURSE LENGTH: 1–2 hours

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Introduction to Enrichment

The class establishes the components of an enrichment program, the approval process, and questions that should be considered before the provision of any enrichment.  

COURSE LENGTH: 1–2 hours

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Introduction to Nutrition

You will learn about animal nutrition and apply the knowledge gained to solve a dietary challenge facing a San Diego Zoo elephant.

COURSE LENGTH: 1–2 hours

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Life Support Systems

Many of the animals exhibited in zoos and aquariums have very specific environmental requirements that must be met. The course will explore the unique requirements of several types of animals.

COURSE LENGTH: 1–2 hours

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Operant Conditioning and Behavior Management

You will learn how behavior-management techniques can improve care of animals. 

COURSE LENGTH: 1–2 hours

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Safe Handling and Restraint

The class focuses on standard techniques for the safe handling and restraint of small mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates, that are most often encountered by animal care workers in their first few years.

COURSE LENGTH: 1–2 hours

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Zoological Record Keeping

You will learn the best practices in animal care record keeping including standard abbreviations, animal identification systems, report generation, and a list of record types every accredited facility should maintain.

COURSE LENGTH: 1–2 hours

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HUMAN RESOURCES

Harassment Prevention Training

Offering a comprehensive, online harassment prevention course to your employees will result in more appropriate workplace conduct, as well as reduce your company’s liability.

COURSE LENGTH: 2 hours

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INTERPRETATION

Interpretation Basics: Module 1

For guides, rangers, docents, naturalists, and interpreters. Whatever your job title, Interpretation Module 1 will show you how to apply the interpretive techniques that are most effective for each member of your audience.

COURSE LENGTH: 2 hours

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Interpretation Basics: Module 2

Interpretation Basics: Module II explores the artistic side of interpretation—the development steps and creative delivery techniques that make interpretive tours, presentations, and visitor interactions relevant, meaningful, and fun.

COURSE LENGTH: 2 hours

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ANIMAL SPECIES


This series will provide an introduction to a variety of taxonomic groups and individual species, including an overview of physical characteristics, habitat, behavior, reproduction, and conservation efforts.

Cheetah

 

COURSE LENGTH: 2 hours

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Giant Panda

 

COURSE LENGTH: 2 hours

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Gorilla

 

COURSE LENGTH: 2 hours

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Polar Bear

 

COURSE LENGTH: 2 hours

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Tiger

 

COURSE LENGTH: 2 hours

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WEBINARS

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