A New Series from San Diego Zoo Global Academy
Keepers, interpreters, guides, and docents can dive into the fascinating world of animals online as the San Diego Zoo Global Academy presents Introducing Animals, our newest series about animal species. Each module provides an overview of the animal’s physical characteristics, distribution and habitat, behavior and ecology, and reproduction, as well as important conservation efforts dedicated to its protection. Images, video, and interactivity sprinkled throughout the module engage participants in the learning process, and questions at the end of each section ensure that they have mastered fundamental concepts. Each course in the Introducing Animals series takes about an hour to complete, although participants progress at their own pace.
The newest course, Polar Bears, addresses common questions and provides an up-close exploration of what polar bears are all about. Whether you’ve worked with these animals for years or you’re a brand-new interpreter or docent, the module will equip you with a better understanding of these mighty bears. Polar Bears joins Tigers and Gorillas as the first modules in our new series. Look for modules about giant pandas, cheetahs, and elephants coming soon.
The modules can easily be integrated into your current training program. At the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, participants complete the online modules on their own before attending group training programs. They are able to master key vocabulary and concepts, giving them a solid foundation that allows them—and their trainers—to make the most of in-class and on-site training.
Find out more on our website: Introduction to Animal Species
Do It Yourself Option
Do you have animals that are unique to your institution? You could use the Introducing Animals series as inspiration to create your own modules for those species, thus making your custom site unique to your training needs. How do you do this? The Academy’s “DIY,” or Do It Yourself, course creator menu option can be added to your custom site. It allows you to take a PowerPoint presentation and upload it into the tool, where you can add audio and a quiz. This course then becomes a part of your unique course catalog within your site.
To find out more about this optional site enhancement, contact Linda Duca, firstname.lastname@example.org who can share more information.
To get more information on the Academy, please contact Jon Prange, email@example.com or Linda Duca, firstname.lastname@example.org.