Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will host the San Diego Global Safe Capture chemical immobilization course on April 19 and 20 at the Hanson Building. The session runs from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.
At times during the course, class participants will be outside the building training with delivery apparatus that look similar to handguns and rifles. Bridgeport Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been notified of the training, as has the Bridgeport Police Department.
Developed by the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Academy, the training course provides the most complete, up-to-date instruction available on the chemical immobilization of animals. Taught by veterinarians and biologists who specialize in remotely delivered anesthetic agents, the program is considered to be the standard in chemical immobilization training and promotes humane capture and handling of animals.
The objective is to handle an animal not acclimated to human contact in a manner that inflicts the least amount of stress and adds a safety factor for both the animal and human. The training will include zoo staff from a number of zoos in the region.