The Wild Enrichment Podcast is a show about animal care, training, enrichment and everything in between. Each episode will be exploring concepts surrounding behavioural husbandry and animal care in general. From interviews with real animal care professionals to educational episodes about new concepts in animal care, The Wild enrichment Podcast has it all.
Ep. 17- How to establish a baseline for an enrichment program
In this episode Ben and I sit down to talk about how to go about setting a baseline for an enrichment program and what that even means. We also answer some audience questions about what to do with an animal that just wont interact with enrichment! Enjoy!
Ep. 16- Getting your team on board with an enrichment program
In this episode we are once again joined by Ben! We talk about how you can go about getting your team on board with an enrichment program and what to do when a team member won't budge. We also talk about how important it is to get everyone on your team on the same page when it comes to enrichment evaluation and overall interpretation of animal behaviour. Enjoy!
Ep. 15- Behavioural Husbandry for the Individual
An important concept to always keep in the back of your mind with behavioural husbandry, is the fact that you are trying to enrich the lives of the individual animals under your care and not the entire species. What I mean by that is, when you are designing an enrichment program, you need to design the program to benefit the individual animal or group of individuals that you are caring for, many of these individuals will have special needs, tendencies and behaviours that could stray from what we envision the “ideal” needs, tendencies and behaviours should be, based on what we know about these animals in the wild.
Ep. 14- Thinking Critically and Making Decisions in Animal Care
I think that the ability to think critically and make “good” decisions is one of the most important skills in animal care. Luckily It’s a skill that can be learned and improved upon with some practice. Here’s a podcast on how to do just that, check it out!
Based on the article "How to Think Critically and Make Better Decisions in Animal Care"
Ep. 13- Dealing with pandemic burnout, Enrichment data and how to use it.
In this podcast we are once again joined by Ben Martin. We start by talking about the various effects the pandemic has had on the animal care industry as a whole as well as how to deal with professional burnout from the pandemic. We also Answer some questions from our audience including data surrounding enrichment and how to use it.
Ep. 12- Natural vs Non-Natural Enrichment Items, Enrichment Challenge Survey Results
In todays episode we once again sit down with Ben Martin to chat enrichment. We go over the results of the Enrichment Challenge survey and what those results mean for the industry. We also talk about how to save time with enrichment and the debate between natural and non-natural enrichment items.
Give it a listen animal lovers!
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