Ungulate Care Workshops

Ungulate Care Workshops give keepers and managers specialized training and experience on a variety of topics, including drop-floor chutes; restraint and handling; husbandry; and large herd management. The workshops are hosted by institutions with special expertise, and give participants the opportunity to get hands-on while learning.  Please message the contact for the workshop you are interested in to set up a mutually agreeable date.

 

 Drop Chute Workshop

Hosted by: Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Location: Glen Rose, TX
Contact: Adam Eyres, adame@fossilrim.org

Class Description: Attendees will learn how a typical drop floor chute works by a very experienced staff. You will get hands-on experience working with the tamer and assist in moving animals through the system (number of animals and species moved through the chute will depend on the management needs of the animals and facility). This class is extremely beneficial to all Hoofstock caregivers, from keepers to supervisors. Information can easily be taken back to attendees own zoo to share and use in your own facility. 

Dates: Varies. Please contact for specific dates. Usually Oct-Nov & Feb-June.
Length: One day.
Class size: 4-10
Prerequisites: None
Housing: Not provided. Contact Adam for information on local hotels if you need to stay in the area.
Transportation: Attendees need to provide their own transportation to the Park. Movement within the facility will be provided by staff.
Fees: $50.00 per person (Includes all training and $10 TAG fee). No meals are provided.
Other Info: Attendees will need to bring their own gloves and boots to wear during the workshop.

 

 Immobilization Workshop: Restraint & Handling

Hosted by: Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Location: Glen Rose, TX
Contact: Adam Eyres, adame@fossilrim.org

Class Description: This class will consist of hands-on experience handling and restraining Hoofstock during chemical immobilization. Experienced staff will explain and show you proper techniques and tricks that you can take back to your facility and share with your staff.  The number of animals immobilized and species will depend on the management needs of the animals and facility. Most of the taxa worked on will be cervids, but equid and bovid procedures may also take place.  

Dates: Varies, but usually Nov-Feb (when fallow deer are in hard antler). Contact for specific dates.
Length: 3 days (arrive on first day, 2 days of work, leave on 3rd day)
Class size: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Housing: Yes, housing is provided for three nights (or two, depending on how your flights work out)
Transportation: Attendees need to provide their own transportation to the Park. Movement within the facility will be provided by staff.
Fees: $325.00 per person (includes lodging, all training and $25 TAG fee).
Other Info: Attendees will need to bring their own gloves and boots to wear during the workshop. 

 

 Husbandry Workshop

Hosted by: St. Louis Zoo
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Contact: Tim Their, tthier@stlzoo.org

Class Description: Participants will spend part of each day working directly with Saint Louis Zoo staff to gain experience in managing 22 species of ungulates, 2 species of marsupials and 7 species of birds in a traditional urban zoo setting.

Specialties include:

  • Hands-on ungulate management
  • Multi-species exhibit and multi-species herd management
  • Single-sex herd management
  • Neonatal ungulate management
  • Operant conditioning and enrichment of ungulates
  • Collaborative research of zoo ungulates

Dates: Varies, March-November. Contact for specific dates.
Length: 2-3 days
Class size: 1+
Prerequisites: No
Housing: Not provided. Contact Tim for information on local hotels in the area.
Transportation: Provided from hotel to zoo
Fees: $150 per person (covers all training, materials, and $50 TAG fee). Meals are not included.
Other Info: Participants must wear long pants during manual restraints.

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