15 hours of video lessons about Elephant Positive Reinforcement Training
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The answer: Positive Reinforcement Training
This training is essential for improving captive animal welfare in zoos and rescues. We’re proud to offer one of the only (and certainly the best!) courses available for training elephants with positive reinforcement methods.
In this course, you’ll learn how to build trust between wild animals and the people who care for them, including how to:
Chrissy Pratt is an animal trainer and behaviorist with nearly 20 years of experience. She believes in training that is based on trust, respect, and freedom of choice. Chrissy began her career as a marine mammal trainer in the United States where she saw firsthand how operant conditioning principles were applied to improve the lives of animals in captivity. Her first experiences training elephants was as an Animal Care Specialist at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida. In 2013, she shifted her focus to elephant rescue and rehabilitation and began her full-time mission to teach positive reinforcement training and other ways of improving elephant welfare in Thailand, Myanmar, India, Nepal, and Zimbabwe. Chrissy has taught Loop Abroad students in person in Thailand as well as joined as a guest lecturer in online Elephant Management and Medicine courses.
This course includes 15 hours of expert instruction including field demonstrations of elephant training techniques. To earn a Certificate of Completion, you will need to complete all the online quizzes with a passing grade. You can also earn 1 university credit through our US university partner by passing all the quizzes and passing a virtually proctored final exam.
These training principles also apply to dogs, horses, and many other animals. People who would benefit from this course:
"I'm so thankful that I did this fellowship. It was more than I thought I was getting into, but it was definitely worth all of it!"
Cassidy F., Zoo Research Fellowship Online 2020
The Ohio State University