I REALLY enjoyed the conference of the FL Association of Behavior Analysis!! Two and a half days of research and applied behavior analysis. Presenters work in a variety of areas. Some work with children, some with adults, group homes, autism, brain injury, and more. There were also presenters who work with different species of animals: pets, zoos, feral dogs, cats, and more. There was SO much to try and cover.
This is a picture (by Val Phillips) of panelists on “New Horizons in Animal Training and Care: Operant Conditioning and Beyond. The main focus is operant conditioning and husbandry in domesticated and captive animals.”
From left to right they are:
Eduardo J. Fernandez, PhD, University of Washington and Woodland Park Zoo
Christina Alligood, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Disney Animal Kingdom Behavioral Husbandry
Karen Pryor, author, CEO of Karen Pryor, Inc.
Kristi Muir, MS, CPDT-KA, Animal Behavior Training Solutions
Otto Fad, Busch Gardens Tampa Elephant Husbandry
An Indian legend says: ” When a human dies there is a bridge they must cross to enter into Heaven. At the head of the bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime. The animals, based on what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge…and which are turned away.”
This report provides recommendations for public health officials, veterinarians, animal venue staff members, animal exhibitors, visitors to animal venues, physicians, and others concerned with minimizing risks associated with animals in public settings. The recommendation to wash hands is the most important for reducing the risk for disease transmission associated with animals in public settings. Other important recommendations are that venues prohibit food in animal areas and include transition areas between animal areas and nonanimal areas, visitors receive information about disease risk and prevention procedures, and animals be properly cared for and managed. These updated 2011 guidelines provide new information on the risks associated with amphibians and with animals in day camp settings, as well as the protective role of zoonotic disease education.”
Fossilied trilobites have been discovered by the billions in “385-million-year-old rocks.” They were blind and eyeless. These groups of animals appear to mate then molt in enormous numbers.