Building a positive and trusting relationship with the animals in their care is one of the most important aspects of any zookeeper’s job. For some animals, the relationship can be built and strengthened with physical contact such as play, but for us bear keepers, physical contact is not an option. Instead, we can use reinforcements.
Dr. Suzanne MacDonald is a professor in the Department of Psychology at York University and a member of the Polar Bear Habitat Foundation Board. Recently, we got the chance to catch up with her and ask the questions we’ve been dying to know about.
Less is more. Between cooking, travelling, and present giving, Christmas can get overwhelming. We’re so busy that we tend to forget that the things we look back on most fondly on are the good times with family and friends. So, take a deep breath, smile, put down that extra set of lights you were going […]
To polar bear people, Churchill is the holy grail. Not only is it the “polar bear capital” of the world, its reputation for being a little like the Wild West infuses adrenaline for the adventuresome soul.