Zoo pros learn about crocs at Alligator Farm

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Molly Ebersold announced to Historic City News this morning that, for the eleventh year in a row, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is hosting a renowned professional development course for herpetologists and zoo professionals around the country.

Commonly referred to as “Croc School”, the Crocodilian Biology and Captive Management Course is offered annually by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is the logical choice for the course because it is the only place in the world in which students can study every existing species of crocodilian.

Courses will be presented by fourteen instructors. There will be twenty students; mostly zoo professionals from other zoos in the United States that are also members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

A wide range of subjects will be covered, including:

• Internal Anatomy
• Reproduction
• Enclosure Design
• Identification of Species
• Genetics and Demography
• Health
• Capture and Restraint
• Behaviors
• Training crocodilians

The course will be hosted at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm beginning May 18th.

Photo credits: © 2011 Historic City News contributed photograph by Molly Ebersold

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