Behind the Scenes Look at Andean Bear Training

Today we’re Bringing the Zoo to You with a behind the scenes look at training with Oja, the Andean bear!

Keeper Josh uses positive reinforcement to work with Oja at the mesh barrier in her habitat. Training like this allows Josh to work safely with Oja through a protective barrier while also allowing Oja to participate in her own healthcare, like learning to show her paws so that her pads can be checked or opening her mouth so that it can be inspected.