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Terry L. Maple – 1st expert on this subject based on the ideXlab platform

  • Enhancing the Zoo Visitor’s Experience by Public Animal Training and Oral Interpretation at an Otter Exhibit
    Environment and Behavior, 2003
    Co-Authors: Ursula S. Anderson, Mollie A Bloomsmith, Angela S. Kelling, Robin Pressley-keough, Terry L. Maple

    Abstract:

    This study investigated the effects of performing AnimalTraining sessions with Asian small-clawed otters (Aonyx cinerea) while zoo visitors watched. The effects of having an interpreter present to describe the otters and their Training on zoo visitors were also assessed. The data from 389 visitors to Zoo Atlanta’s otter exhibit were analyzed, and exhibit stay times and Animal activity levels were recorded during four conditions (passive exhibit viewing, interpretation-only sessions, public AnimalTraining sessions, and public Animal Training with interpretation sessions). The findings suggest that public Animal Training and public Animal Training with interpretation produce more positive zoo experiences, Training perceptions, exhibit size and staff assessments, and longer visitor exhibit stay times when compared to passive exhibit viewing and interpretation-only sessions. This study quantifies an outcome of positive reinforcement Training beyond its effects on Animals and extends the benefits to zoo vis…

  • enhancing the zoo visitor s experience by public Animal Training and oral interpretation at an otter exhibit
    Environment and Behavior, 2003
    Co-Authors: Ursula S. Anderson, Mollie A Bloomsmith, Angela S. Kelling, Robin Pressleykeough, Terry L. Maple

    Abstract:

    This study investigated the effects of performing AnimalTraining sessions with Asian small-clawed otters (Aonyx cinerea) while zoo visitors watched. The effects of having an interpreter present to describe the otters and their Training on zoo visitors were also assessed. The data from 389 visitors to Zoo Atlanta’s otter exhibit were analyzed, and exhibit stay times and Animal activity levels were recorded during four conditions (passive exhibit viewing, interpretation-only sessions, public AnimalTraining sessions, and public Animal Training with interpretation sessions). The findings suggest that public Animal Training and public Animal Training with interpretation produce more positive zoo experiences, Training perceptions, exhibit size and staff assessments, and longer visitor exhibit stay times when compared to passive exhibit viewing and interpretation-only sessions. This study quantifies an outcome of positive reinforcement Training beyond its effects on Animals and extends the benefits to zoo vis…

Mollie A Bloomsmith – 2nd expert on this subject based on the ideXlab platform

  • implementing positive reinforcement Animal Training programs at primate laboratories
    Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2012
    Co-Authors: Jaine E Perlman, Brenda Mccowan, Mollie A Bloomsmith, Margaret A Whittaker, Jennifer L Mcmillan, Darren E Minier

    Abstract:

    Abstract In the last decade several surveys of primate care and Training programs highlight a common theme; despite scientific evidence that Animal Training can be effective in reducing stress, increasing efficiency and improving veterinary care, Animal Training is not widely incorporated into Animal care and management programs in laboratory settings. This is particularly important with the recent release of the internationally recognized version of the “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” by the National Research Council. The Guide includes multiple recommendations to incorporate Training methods into husbandry and experimental procedures. To address the divide between the regulatory and scientifically based support for Animal Training, and a broader establishment of formal Animal Training programs, this paper will: describe three approaches to structuring Animal Training programs; provide rationale as to why facilities should have Animal Training programs; report on a recent survey of Animal Training programs at nine, large USA facilities housing nonhuman primates; discuss important elements of an Animal Training program; discuss negative reinforcement and means to minimize its use; and finally give a detailed description of a facility-wide Animal Training program.

  • Behavioral Management of Chimpanzees in Biomedical Research Facilities: The State of the Science
    Ilar Journal, 2005
    Co-Authors: Mollie A Bloomsmith, James G. Else

    Abstract:

    The current status of the behavioral management of chimpanzees housed in US research facilities is examined, and recent advances are described. Behavioral management includes the application of environmental enrichment, Animal Training, and environmental design for improving Animal welfare. Authors surveyed the six major chimpanzee holding facilities and found that the vast majority of chimpanzees are housed socially, with access to the outdoors. The institutions currently invest in behavioral scientists, enrichment specialists, and, most recently, chimpanzee trainers to implement and study chimpanzee behavioral management. This review is based on the substantial scientific literature related to managing social behavior, identifying the behavioral effects of restricted socialization, evaluating various forms of enrichment, and describing positive reinforcement Animal Training. Authors outline recent accomplishments in behavioral management, summarize behavioral issues that have been evaluated, and identify issues for future consideration. It is proposed that the enhanced application of behavioral management techniques, including Training, could significantly reduce chimpanzee stress that is generally associated with experimental manipulations, and could improve Animal welfare and the quality of biomedical research. The next challenge is to implement effectively and thoroughly the approaches that have been shown to be beneficial.

  • Enhancing the Zoo Visitor’s Experience by Public Animal Training and Oral Interpretation at an Otter Exhibit
    Environment and Behavior, 2003
    Co-Authors: Ursula S. Anderson, Mollie A Bloomsmith, Angela S. Kelling, Robin Pressley-keough, Terry L. Maple

    Abstract:

    This study investigated the effects of performing AnimalTraining sessions with Asian small-clawed otters (Aonyx cinerea) while zoo visitors watched. The effects of having an interpreter present to describe the otters and their Training on zoo visitors were also assessed. The data from 389 visitors to Zoo Atlanta’s otter exhibit were analyzed, and exhibit stay times and Animal activity levels were recorded during four conditions (passive exhibit viewing, interpretation-only sessions, public AnimalTraining sessions, and public Animal Training with interpretation sessions). The findings suggest that public Animal Training and public Animal Training with interpretation produce more positive zoo experiences, Training perceptions, exhibit size and staff assessments, and longer visitor exhibit stay times when compared to passive exhibit viewing and interpretation-only sessions. This study quantifies an outcome of positive reinforcement Training beyond its effects on Animals and extends the benefits to zoo vis…

Ursula S. Anderson – 3rd expert on this subject based on the ideXlab platform

  • Enhancing the Zoo Visitor’s Experience by Public Animal Training and Oral Interpretation at an Otter Exhibit
    Environment and Behavior, 2003
    Co-Authors: Ursula S. Anderson, Mollie A Bloomsmith, Angela S. Kelling, Robin Pressley-keough, Terry L. Maple

    Abstract:

    This study investigated the effects of performing AnimalTraining sessions with Asian small-clawed otters (Aonyx cinerea) while zoo visitors watched. The effects of having an interpreter present to describe the otters and their Training on zoo visitors were also assessed. The data from 389 visitors to Zoo Atlanta’s otter exhibit were analyzed, and exhibit stay times and Animal activity levels were recorded during four conditions (passive exhibit viewing, interpretation-only sessions, public AnimalTraining sessions, and public Animal Training with interpretation sessions). The findings suggest that public Animal Training and public Animal Training with interpretation produce more positive zoo experiences, Training perceptions, exhibit size and staff assessments, and longer visitor exhibit stay times when compared to passive exhibit viewing and interpretation-only sessions. This study quantifies an outcome of positive reinforcement Training beyond its effects on Animals and extends the benefits to zoo vis…

  • enhancing the zoo visitor s experience by public Animal Training and oral interpretation at an otter exhibit
    Environment and Behavior, 2003
    Co-Authors: Ursula S. Anderson, Mollie A Bloomsmith, Angela S. Kelling, Robin Pressleykeough, Terry L. Maple

    Abstract:

    This study investigated the effects of performing AnimalTraining sessions with Asian small-clawed otters (Aonyx cinerea) while zoo visitors watched. The effects of having an interpreter present to describe the otters and their Training on zoo visitors were also assessed. The data from 389 visitors to Zoo Atlanta’s otter exhibit were analyzed, and exhibit stay times and Animal activity levels were recorded during four conditions (passive exhibit viewing, interpretation-only sessions, public AnimalTraining sessions, and public Animal Training with interpretation sessions). The findings suggest that public Animal Training and public Animal Training with interpretation produce more positive zoo experiences, Training perceptions, exhibit size and staff assessments, and longer visitor exhibit stay times when compared to passive exhibit viewing and interpretation-only sessions. This study quantifies an outcome of positive reinforcement Training beyond its effects on Animals and extends the benefits to zoo vis…