Category Archives: Advanced Trainers

Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae Order: Coraciiformes Family: Alcedinidae  Overview Laughing kookaburras are the largest member of the kingfisher family and are a dynamic species that can be presented in a variety of educational forums. They have several natural behaviors that can be demonstrated during programming, including flight, calling, and prey stunning. The laughing kookaburra SSP is also very willing to

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Reptiles

Reptiles Crocodilians American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) Chinese Alligator (Alligator sinesis) Cuban Crocodile Dwarf Crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis) Spectacled Caiman Lizards Agamid Lizards Asian Water Dragon Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) Frilled Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii) Uromastyx/Spiny-tailed Lizard (Uromastyx spp.) Monitors Savannah Monitor (Varanus exanthematicus) Water Monitor White-throated Monitor (Varanus albigularis) Skinks African Gold Skink (aka Schneider’s Skink) (Eumeces schneideri) Blue-tongued Skink (Tiliqua scincoides) Prehensile-tailed Skink (Corucia zebrata) Shingleback Skink Iguanas/Chuckwallas Blue Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus

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Mammals

SAG & TAG Pages Felid TAG Small Carnivore TAG Dusty Lombardi, Small Carnivore TAG Chair. Rodent, Insectivore, Lagomorph TAG  Rebecca Young, Rodent, Insectivore, Lagomorph TAG Chair Carnivores Felines Domestic Cat Cheetah Clouded Leopard Serval Canines Domestic Dog Fennec Fox Red Fox Wolf Raccoons, Civets, and Relatives Binturong Central American Cacomistle Ring-tailed Cacomistle White-nosed Coati Kinkajou Raccoon Other Carnivores American Badger

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Patagonian Cavy

As with any species, variation in individual temperament must be taken into account when selecting ambassador animals. However, when desensitized to humans at an early age, these large, charismatic rodents can be excellent program animals. They have many interesting adaptations and teaching facts that can be tied to conservation messaging; and they are generally food motivated, which allows for positive, choice-based presentations.

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Yellow Crested Cockatoo

Cacatua sulphurea Order: Psittaciformes Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Housing requirements are dependent on the bird’s history and rearing as well as flight capabilities. Diet Requirements Cockatoos are herbivorous A veterinary recommended pellet should make up the base of the cockatoos diet Fruit and vegetables should be offered daily. Vegetables can be cooked or raw. Avocado is deadly to parrots. DO NOT

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Green-winged Macaw

Green-winged Macaw Ara chloroptera Order: Psittaciformes Family: Psittacidae Overview With regard to their availability and suitability as ambassador animals: Contact the Parrot TAG for availability of macaws through AZA facilities. Macaws do not need to be hand-reared from hatch to make good ambassador birds, in fact, allowing birds to remain with their parents until weaned makes for a healthier individual

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Moluccan Cockatoo

Moluccan Cockatoo Cacatua moluccensis Order: Psittaciformes Family: Cacatuidae Overview With regard to their availability and suitability as ambassador animals: Contact the Parrot TAG for availability of cockatoos through AZA facilities. Cockatoos do not need to be hand-reared from hatch to make good ambassador birds, in fact, allowing birds to remain with their parents until weaned makes for a healthier individual

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Barn Owl

Barn Owl Tyto Alba Order: Strigiformes Family: Tytonidae Overview Although often readily available through wildlife rehabilitation sources, barn owls are not a beginner owl, and acquisition of one should only be considered if facility has experienced handlers. Many facilities have noted they are more challenging than other owl species due to their naturally secretive nature. For use in programming, it

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