Clicker Training a Cheetah | How Intelligent Are Cats? | Interview With Enrichment Big Cat Trainer
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Sorry for the HORRIBLE audio, it was an impromptu interview and all I had was my GoPro that does not capture audio very well. I spoke with Michael who has many years experience with training and handling Big Cats to include Cheetahs. He shares his knowledge about clicker training Sahara, the Cheetah. This is training ONLY for better handling, care, and transporting of cheetahs, not for entertainment but the cheetahs LOVE it. It is mental enrichment for them.
Clicker training is a great way to safely examine a wild animal. It provides the opportunity to safely administer medical aid, vaccinations, help in transporting them, and even draw blood. Clicker training also provides mental enrichment to the animal in the form of conscious thought and a break in its normal day. A cure for boredom.
Sahara is a 2.5 year old cheetah and part of the breeding program at Cheetah Experience. She was brought in from another project in South Africa for her genetic diversity. She is also the best ‘lure’ runner (where the cheetahs chase a fabric rabbit on a fast track). I hope to have an example of her run one day.
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