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RECON Elephant Workshop 2020 – Postponed until further notice

The Recon Workshop hosted by Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, is currently postponed until further notice. Please contact us to placed on our priority mailing list. This will ensure that you will receive an email once new dates are announced.
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Advancing elephant welfare means addressing some big challenges. RECON is the workshop specially designed to help elephant care professionals meet those challenges by improving your knowledge of behavior-change science, exploring complex husbandry practices, and strengthening your training skills. Each day, participants will engage in stimulating lectures with open discussions where your voice will be encouraged and respected, as well as training practice with individualized feedback with elephants and other model species.

Be part of the growing solutions by growing your knowledge and skills.  Join us at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for a game changing opportunity.

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Natural Encounters Integrates IATCB Certification into Staff Continuing Education Program

Natural Encounters, Inc., is proud to announce the approval of the IATCB certification examination as a continuing education and professional growth opportunity for its staff of trainers. This exam, sponsored by the International Avian Trainers Certification Board, offers trainers a way to gain professional credibility, increase earnings potential, and demonstrate to others in the field that their knowledge of avian care and training has been certified by an impartial, third party organization made up of some of the finest animal trainers in the world.

For more information about the IATCB and the certification process click here. For detailed information about the organization, examination requirements, and test dates, visit the organization’s website at