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Behavior Analysis as an Animal Care Tool in Zoos and Aquariums
Presented by the TCSPP SoCal ABA department.

Presented by: Christy Alligood, Ph.D., BCBA-D The Chicago School of Professional Psychology & Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment

This program is free to attend, space may be limited.

This course,when attended in full offers 1.0 CEUs for BCBA's

In recent years, behavior has been recognized as an essential piece in the constellation of components critical to the care of animals housed in zoos and aquariums. The science of learning has many applications in these settings, and behavior analysts have contributed to the advancement of evidence-based practices particularly in the areas of husbandry training, environmental enrichment, and animal welfare. In this presentation, I will describe some examples of the role of behavior in multiple aspects of animal care. Along the way, I will highlight some key questions for the application of behavior analysis in zoological settings, some examples of work that addresses these questions, and some areas in need of further development

At the conclusion of this presentation, audience members will be able to:
1. Describe at least three components of animal care at zoos and aquariums, and explain how behavior interacts with each.
2. Identify at least two key questions for the application of behavior analysis in zoological settings.
3. Identify at least two important areas for future development in the application of behavior analysis to animal care in zoos and aquariums.
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