Panda Updates – Monday, July 8
Utilizing positive reinforcement training for veterinary behaviors is a huge part of how we are able to provide amazing care for the animals at Zoo Atlanta, as well as enable the animals to participate in their own care. In the giant pandas’ indoor area, there is a mobile but secure space that allows us to access the giant pandas from all sides. In this area, we are able perform voluntary ultrasounds and other veterinary exams safely. When not in use, this training area resides in a portion of the pandas’ behind-the-scenes area, so that they are comfortable seeing and walking through it every day. The only time they are completely inside of it is during training, and they have a very positive association with it! Generally, we don’t even have to ask for behaviors and the pandas get in position and wait for leafeater biscuits all on their own. Their comfort and voluntary participation in this training is vital, and it’s also fun and educational for the Panda Care Team.
Keeper II, Mammals