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  Newsletter 06 August 2020  
 
 

Hello Visitor,

Testing Cycles for 2020

Spring Testing is April 18 – May 2, 2020 ... Application deadline March 10, 2020
Fall Testing is October 24 – November 7, 2020 ... Application deadline September 9, 2020

Go to PTCNY to learn more about who’s eligible to take the exams, download the handbook and start studying!!!

Our testing company, PTC has partnered with Prometric for Computer-Based Testing. Learn More here. With Prometrics there are no additional International Testing fees!!

Certificant Highlight

We would love to highlight you or your facility in our newsletter and on our Facebook page. Let us know the amazing things that you are doing to help raise the bar! Contact kelly.garrison@accgov.com for more information.

Want to find out more about setting these types of standards within your facility or becoming certified? Contact the IATCB board by visiting our website!

Are you a Hopeful Certificant?

Looking for the study guide for the CPAT- KA exam? Click here

Looking for the study guide for the CPBT- KA exam? Click here

Already certified?

The CPBT-KA and CPAT-KA credential is valid for 5 years from the date it is awarded. To renew the credential a certificant must either re-take the examination after 5 years or accumulate sixty Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) by attending IATCB approved workshops, seminars, classes, or conferences. Head over to here to check out a list of approved CEUs!

Check Out Natural Encounters Ambassador Animal Training and Welfare Online Course. Registration is Now OPEN. This is a great opportunity for CEUs

Trainers Talk

Finch's Bite Is 320 Times More Powerful Than T. Rex's By Mindy Weisberger

finchThe mighty Tyrannosaurus rex's bite was far less impressive for its body size than the bite of a much smaller modern dinosaur — a tiny Galapagos finch.

Researchers recently crunched the numbers to evaluate crunching strength in the bites of hundreds of animals — living and extinct. They used supercomputers to evaluate bite force and body mass, and to track evolutionary changes in jaw power in animal groups that included mammals, reptiles and birds.

When the calculations were done, the scientists found that finches — living dinosaurs, as are all birds — packed a bite that was unexpectedly powerful for such a small creature. In fact, if a finch were scaled up to T. rex-size, the bird's bite would then be 320 times stronger than that of its extinct cousin, the scientists reported. Read on!

Species Spotlight

Indochinese Leopard

IndochineseLeopardThe Indochinese Leopard is a habitat generalist and can occur in almost any habitat type in Southeast Asia, including primary and secondary forests, tropical dry and moist deciduous forests, evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, and plantations. Home range size of Leopard varies with prey availability, habitat types, age, and season. Also, male home ranges tend to be larger than females at any given site. For the Indochinese Leopard, home ranges have been determined only for radio-collared individuals in western Thailand. Although Leopard preys preferentially upon species weighing 10–40 kg, the diet of the Indochinese Leopard appears to vary according to habitat type, prey availability, and presence of larger carnivores. In protected areas in western Thailand, where Tiger was present and the main habitat was evergreen forest, the main prey of Leopard was primates, small to medium ungulates, and small carnivores. In contrast, in a protected area in eastern Cambodia that was dominated by open dry deciduous forests, and from which Tiger was recently extirpated, the main prey of Leopard was medium to large ungulates. In fact, the main prey of Leopard in this population was Banteng, making this the only known Leopard population in the world that had main prey weighing greater than 500 kg. In contrast to all other mainland Leopard subspecies throughout the world, the Indochinese Leopard is unique in that a large percentage of remaining individuals are melanistic, including nearly 100% of the individuals in the Malay Peninsula. The exceptions are the populations of the Indochinese Leopard in the open dry deciduous forests of eastern and northern Cambodia, in which all individuals are spotted. It has been hypothesized that melanism in the Indochinese Leopard was an adaptation to the closed canopy of tropical evergreen forests in Southeast Asia, thereby allowing better concealment of Leopard to ambush prey or avoid dominant Tiger in shadowy habitats where light seldom penetrates to the forest floor. Poaching for the illegal wildlife trade is likely to be the greatest factor contributing to the decline of the Indochinese Leopard. Leopard body parts, particularly bones and meat, can be used in traditional Asian medicine, and other Leopard parts, such as teeth and skins, can be sold as luxury items. IUCN list the leopard as Critically Endangered.

The International Avian Trainers Certification Board and the International Animal Trainers Certification Board, IATCB, offers you a way to gain professional credibility, increase your earnings potential, and advance your career. We live in a competitive world, and animal trainers are no different than anyone else looking for advanced knowledge and skill in their profession. IATCB endorses voluntary certification by examination for all professionals involved with animals, including trainers, educators, handlers, veterinarians, and all others involved in the care and handling of animals.

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