Implementation of animal training as a management tool

Animal training in the form of cooperative feeding can be used to help manage social behaviours in group living animals, particularly during periods of aggression. Implementing positive reinforcement training in the form of target training for specific aggressors can allow keepers to maintain the focus of such aggressors, monitor group food intake and help to reduce instances of aggression. This practise can then be incorporated into daily husbandry to maintain and monitor behavioural issues.

Project team:

Holly Farmer, Paignton Zoo


Davitt, M. and Farmer, H. 2017. The effect of cooperative feed training on aggression in blue-
spotted ribbontail rays Taeniura lymma. 19th Annual BIAZA Research Conference, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, July 2017.