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Behind-the-scenes lion training

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications

To get a powerful, independent-minded African lion to cooperate with its own daily care and veterinary check ups, keepers use ongoing training with positive reinforcement to make the animal a comfortable participant.

In this video, lead keeper Anne Nichols takes 12-year-old African lion Kalisa through some standard training exercises behind-the-scenes at the zoo.

Video produced by Ryan Hawk, voiced by Anne Nichols/Woodland Park Zoo.