Sunday, May 2, 2010

Tortoise training

Since 2001, a formal operant conditioning training program has been going strong at Como Zoo. Initially the program started with the seals and sea lions, but over the years has blossomed to include primates, large cats, hoofstock and even Galapagos Tortoises. The tortoises are fast learners if not fast movers and have an excellent ability to retain their training skills even if they are not trained every day. This year, we added some of the smaller tortoises to the training program. Like their larger relatives, they are highly motivated and quick learners. They will be displaying their training skills in this year's "Creature Feature" show which begins in June and runs Monday through Friday at 12:30 and 2:00 and weekends and holidays at 12:30. I hope you can make it out to see them, they are so cute touching their little beaks to the target and opening their mouths wide for their treats.

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