Apr 23, 2021
AGS 280 - Zoo and Domestic Animal Care
Description: Introduction to zoo and domestic animal care. Includes safety issues, zoo orientation, animal observation skills, sanitation, housing, feeding, capture and restraint equipment, animal transport, animal measurements, abnormal behavior and injuries.
- Safety and emergency preparedness
- Equipment lab/animal permits
- Weights and measures
- Zoo orientation
- Wildlife husbandry
- Wildlife and domestic facilities maintenance
- Animal identification
- Zookeeping essentials
- Animal observation for health and behavior
- Identify proper clothing and gear worn when working with various animals.
- Establish safety procedures for handling and approach of animals.
- Identify by name, genus, and species, the most common domestic and zoo animals.
- Describe keeper routines for various domestic and wild animals.
- Determine the risks associated with enclosure cleaning and maintenance.
- Maintain a record log of animal behavior as it relates to keeper safety.
- Predict possible animal behavior from observations.
- Establish an objective view of humane considerations including feelings, infliction of pain, psychological upsets, and speed of return to normalcy.
- Determine when restraint is necessary.
- Use of proper restraint tools and chemicals to subdue animals.
- Predict thermoregulation stress when handling animals.
- Weigh and measure wild and domestic animals.
- Calculate feeds for domestic and wild animals.
- Identify basic cleaning equipment.
- Establish use of two-way radio codes at zoos.
- Determine legal requirements from state, federal and local agencies for care and housing of wild and domestic animals as a business or sanctuary enterprise.