Wildlife Capture & Care Blog

Wildlife Capture & Care Blog

Staying Positive During These Challenging Times

Just yesterday I read an article where seismic researchers are documenting that the planet is vibrating less with our reduced transportation and activity.

These are significant and challenging times and for now, a new way of life. One of the most important things we can do is to think and act positive. There are indeed important things we can be DOING to reduce the rapid spread of this pandemic. But there are also important ways of BEING – to be positive and constructive.  What are these?

Our change in life style is helping us realize what is important to us. Families are spending more time together. My neighbors are sewing masks to give to the neighborhood and hospitals. People are making daily phone calls to those who are isolated. The younger generation in China is seeing blue skies for the first time. We have more time to spend in Nature. I have cancelled three courses but finally have time to create the online courses and eBooks I have wanted for years.

But what does this have to do with wildlife capture and handling?

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TPRs: Shining Light On A Furry Black Box

Monitoring TPRs (Temperature, Pulse, and Respiration) should be done with every chemical immobilization.

Drugging an animal should not be a mystery. A biologist in one of my recent courses described how tense their team was when immobilizing each animal. They felt they didn’t know when the animal would come out of the drug. They quickly got the most important procedures done first in case the animal suddenly woke up. They did not have much time for anything else. It doesn’t not have to be this way. 

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Welcome!! This blog is for you if:

This blog is for you if:

  • You capture and handle captive or free-ranging wildlife and always wish to do better.
  • You want practical, field-based information on equipment and protocols to maximize success and the safety of both humans and animals.
  • You care for the animals you are working with and wish to learn and share how to incorporate our caring heart-felt values into our tools, techniques, and mannerisms.
  • You are new to the zoo and wildlife professions and you wish to learn the highest standards in wildlife capture and handling.
  • You would like to read stories from the field about our joys, our success, our challenges and the issues facing our work.

This is your opportunity to learn and improve how we capture and handle captive and free-ranging wildlife. In this blog, Dr. Mark and his colleagues will share their stories, tools, techniques, protocols, and attitudes to improve animal care, efficiency in the field, and success as a wildlife or zoo professional. Dr. Mark encourages us to learn from every animal, every capture event, and every colleague. As he assists with field captures or teaches a chemical immobilization course he also gathers new practical tools and ways for improving our chemical capture skill and field experience and shares them with you.

Dr. Mark’s blog articles are just a hint of the great training offered in his online chemical capture courses.

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