Marco Wendt, Senior Wildlife Care Specialist & Ambassador of San Diego Zoo Safari Park, CPBT-KA, took a moment to share with us.
“My passion for wildlife and conservation has led me to be a part of the zoological world for over 23 years now. Being a part of the San Diego Zoo Global family has enriched my life and given me the incredible opportunity to work alongside memorable species. I have worked for a Berwick Productions, and the Safari Park’s Behavior department for their free flight Bird Shows as an Avian Trainer. My love of birds led me to expand my skills by joining the Safari Park's Bird department, as a Wildlife Care Specialist. Conservation, education, and strong desire to do more, led me to volunteer for Intertwined Conservation. My time there focused on the conservation of Latin America’s biodiversity through collaborative efforts and conservation education. All the paths that I have taken have always required of me to pull from my tool kit of training knowledge and experiences. Like any good set of tools, they require sharpening. This stimulating and enriching field requires of us to grow and evolve. Redefining terms, honing your craft, and become more confident as a professional. I found the process to be stimulating and inspiring. It reminded of the wealth of knowledge at our fingertips. It only requires of us to be motivated enough to take that step. I am more confident having gone through the process. My training tools have been sharpened, and I added a few for good measure. This experience has inspired me to continue to grow, learn, and evolve personally and professionally. I highly recommend all my colleagues to take the path of certification. I wish you well on your path for knowledge – good journey!”
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September 15, 2021
October 16 – October 30, 2021
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The CPBT-KA and CPAT-KA credential is valid for 5 years from the date it is awarded. To renew the credential a certificant must either re-take the examination after 5 years or accumulate sixty Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) by attending IATCB approved workshops, seminars, classes, or conferences. Head over to here to check out a list of approved CEUs!
Looking for CEUs? Check this virtual conference out. Worth 13 CEUs. Friday June 25- Saturday June 26, 2021
The Convergence of Human & Animal Training and Technology Conference (CHATTcon) is like no other. You'll be immersed in a culture of sharing, collaboration and passion for changing the world. Not only are the speakers the best in the game, but we attract attendees who are also dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable. Best of all, everyone, no matter how accomplished, is there to learn more and to help you do the same.
You'll encounter a group of incredible people that would not normally cross paths with each other. Many experienced conference-goers and even some of the speakers said CHATTcon was the best conference they've ever attended. Your fascination for behavior will be fueled by the energy in the group and the downright greatness you'll witness.
German sniffer dogs detect COVID-19 with 94% accuracy
“A German veterinary clinic has trained sniffer dogs to detect the novel coronavirus in human saliva samples with 94% accuracy.
The dogs are conditioned to scent out the “corona odour” that comes from cells in infected people, said Esther Schalke, a vet at Germany’s armed forces school for service dogs.
Filou, a 3-year-old Belgian Shepherd, and Joe Cocker, a 1-year-old Cocker Spaniel, are two of the dogs being trained at Hanover’s University of Veterinary Medicine.” Read More…
Southern Cassowary, Casuarius casuarius
Southern cassowaries are found in New Guinea, Cape York, Ceram and Aru Islands. They live primarily in lowland rainforests and occasionally are found in eucalyptus forests, savannas, palm scrub, and in forested swamps. Southern cassowaries are large, robust birds with long powerful legs for running and defense; the claws on the toes are up to 12 cm long. Their bodies are covered with dark brown or black feathers which look more like thick, coarse hair. The neck and head have no feathers and are boldly colored blue and red. On their heads there is a large bony casque which is made of trabecular bone and cartilage. The wings are extremely small and there are vestiges of primary feathers in the form of five or six long white spines. Southern cassowaries are the largest of the three species of cassowary and the only species to have two bright red flaps of skin, called wattles, hanging from their neck. After the eggs are laid, all care of the eggs and offspring are done by males. Males construct a mat of vegetation which will become the nest where they incubate the eggs for 47 to 61 days. The chicks are precocial at hatching, but dependent on their male parents for protection from predators and for teaching them how to find food for themselves. This period will last for about 9 months, when the males will abandon the juvenile cassowaries. Southern cassowaries are frugivorous, feeding mostly on fruits from canopy species in the forests where they live. Because these birds cannot fly they must rely on finding fruit that has fallen to the ground. IUCN list these as Least concern but the population is trend is decreasing. “In Australia, it was historically threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation. In Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, the species is heavily hunted, captured and traded close to populated areas, being of high cultural importance, and constituting a major food source for subsistence communities. Industrial logging is threatening large areas of lowland rainforest in New Guinea, and the species is less common in foothill and logged forest”
The International Avian Trainers Certification Board and the International Animal Trainers CertificationBoard, IATCB, offers you a way to gain professional credibility, increase your earnings potential, and advance your career. We live in a competitive world, and animal trainers are no different than anyone else looking for advanced knowledge and skill in their profession. IATCB endorses voluntary certification by examination for all professionals involved with animals, including trainers, educators, handlers, veterinarians, and all others involved in the care and handling of animals.