Ripleys Aquarium of Canada | Zebra Shark Training
Feb 23, 2021 14:00 - Feb 10, 2021 14:45
(GMT -5:00) Eastern Time
Event URL: https://www.exploringbytheseat.com/lesson/ripleys-aquarium-canada-zebra-shark-training-8/
Hosted by: Exploring By The Seat of Your Pants
Aquarist David Fraser will be demonstrating a behavioural training session with the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada's two female zebra sharks (Stegostoma fasciatum). The session will focus on tactile desensitization training. The ultimate goal is to reduce the stress of physical handling required as part of routine veterinary procedures. By training the sharks to come willingly and allow staff to handle them the need for general anaesthetic and/or to restrain the animals is greatly reduced. Routine procedures we are training the sharks for include physical examinations, blood draws, and ultrasounds. To prepare the sharks they have been trained to allow their trainer to hold them and flip them over onto their backs.