Category Archives: Mammals

summer 2020

Download Summer 2020 (07-08-2020) newsletter This issue includes: COVID-19 Special Articles Our 2-Team Approach During COVID-19 Taking Care of Program Animals Without Programs Moving Our Ambassador Program Forward During the COVID-19 Pandemic SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula SHOW AND TAIL: Beyond the Water Spout – Training Itsy, Bitsy Spiders SHOW AND TAIL: Fernando and Cora: Climbing to New Heights

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spring 2020

Download Spring 2020 (04-17-2020) newsletter This issue includes: Ambassador Animal Acquisition AMBASSADORS IN ACTION: Individualization in our Ambassador Animals: A Goat isn’t Just a Goat Page SHOW AND TAIL: A Flocking Good Time (Chilean flamingo) AMBASSADORS IN ACTION: Heroes Arrive at Point Definance Zoo & Aquarium (African giant pouched rats) RESEARCH CORNER: Impact of a Restarted Ambassador Animal Program (building

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Winter 2020

Download Winter 2020 (01-27-2020) newsletter This issue includes: AMBASSADORS IN ACTION: Close Encounters of the Wild Kind: Linneaus Two-toed Sloth SHOW AND TAIL: Assessing 2.1 Straw Colored Fruit Bats (Eidolon helvum) for Ambassador Work SHOW AND TAIL: A Touching Experience (touch tanks) AMBASSADORS IN ACTION: Interpretive Tools for Incorporating Empathy into Live Animal Presentations SHOW AND TAIL: “Should I Stay

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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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3-Banded Armadillo

Species Latin Name Tolypeutes matacus Order: Edentata or Xenarthra Family: Dasypodidae Overview The unique look of these mammals, as well as many interesting facts about this species, makes the Southern Three-Banded Armadillo a good addition to an education team. When hormonal behavior is presented, staff must take into consideration that the armadillo might not be willing to sit still during

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Groundhog

Marmota monax Order: Rodentia Family: Sciuridae The name of the order “Rodentia” comes from the Latin word “rodere”, which means “to gnaw”. Groundhogs are part of the marmot group within Sciuridae, and are the largest members of the ground squirrel family. Also known as a woodchuck Overview Groundhogs can be a wonderful addition to an ambassador group. As a native

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Prosimians

The Prosimian TAG and the SSPs within its purview do not recommend prosimians as ambassador animals, under any circumstances. There are an estimated 15,000 privately owned nonhuman primates in the United States. Unfortunately prosimians remain one of the most prevalent species in the pet trade and the Prosimian TAG works diligently to educate our AZA member organizations and the general

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Capybara

Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris               Order: Rodentia          Family: Caviidae Natural History Information Range and Habitat The native range of H. hydrochaeris occurs to the east of the Canal Zone in Panama, and on the east side of the Andes in South America from Colombia and the Guianas to Uruguay and northeastern Argentina (Mones & Ojasti, 1986). The native range of H. isthmius occurs in

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Two-toed Sloth

Choloepus didactylus or Choloepus hoffmanni Order: Pilosa Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Needs branches to hang from. Needs to be able to access the ground via a branch or enclosure side to defecate. For easier husbandry, place the tree branch to the ground on top of a litter box. Can use aspen shavings for litter.Also needs a branch with a “Y”

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