Love Your Zoo Week: Rhino Training

May 28, 2013 § Leave a comment


This week we are celebrating Love Your Zoo week 2013 with a series of short videos that go behind the scenes with the RZSS Veterinary Team. In these videos you will see our Head of Veterinary Services, Simon Girling and, Veterinary Surgeon, Romain Pizzi as they give you an insight into the highly skilled work involved in caring for our animal collection.

This first video looks at a routine health examination of our Indian one horned rhinos. Our vets and keepers have established a positive reinforcement training programme with our larger mammals, such as the rhinos, that allows regular health checks to be conducted with minimal stress to the animals. Simon also demonstrates a new iPhone application that is able to record an ECG (heart rate) of an animal in real time.

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