Presented by Iron Oak Canyon Ranch's Animal Care Academy, this segment of our Animal Care series of clinics and classes will focus on building safe, naturalistic, and enriching enclosures for animals.
In this class, students will learn how to take an animal’s natural history into account when considering enclosure design, using natural behaviors as inspiration for everything from resting areas to dish placement. Students will be randomly assigned a species to design an enclosure for, along with problems to solve along the way. By the end of this course, students will be prepared with the foundation to design and build enclosures for any species.
This course is taught by ranch owner Lessa Ritzma, whose previous career credits include zookeeper, informal science educator, and exotic animal trainer performing in animal shows, along with over twenty years of horse experience.
This is a two-part, live demonstration and lecture class, with a take home assignment that students will present to the class in the second meeting. An animal may participate in the first meeting for demonstration purposes. All participants will qualify for the Enclosure Design credit for Iron Oak Canyon Ranch's Animal Care certificate. The Animal Care certificate core courses must be taken in order, with the exception of the Basics of Husbandry courses, which may be taken at any time.
$60 per participant for 2, 2-hour classes. Limit 15 participants. Weather permitting.
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