Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
BMZA 101
Course Title:
Introduction to the Biology and Management of Zoo Animals
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Course Description

Examines the fundamental concepts of animal management including health and safety, feeding and handling, enclosure management, behavior and population management, plus maintenance of records and permits. Department permission required. Prerequisites: WR 121 and MTH 65. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

A. Apply, in a team environment, the fundamental concepts of animal management to promote quality animal management for captive populations.
B. Perform all tasks in alignment with industry-required health and safety principles.
C. Utilize critical thinking, decision making and problem solving skills to successfully maintain captive populations.

Course Activities and Design

The format for this course is traditional lecture presentations plus field trip based laboratory experiences.   Lecture will be presented utilizing a variety of multimedia and interactive presentations.  Laboratory experiences will be largely hands-on, team based, collaborative experiences involving instruction at sites such as the Rock Creek campus farm, Audubon wildlife care center, TV Alpacas, the Oregon National Primate Research Center, and the Oregon Zoo.  Record-keeping instruction in a computer laboratory will be included.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Lecture final exam and lab practical exams
  • Two team projects involving the development of industry-related protocols
  • Reflective lab journals
  • Lab attendance and participation

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Issues, & Concepts:

  • Animal & facility protocols
  • Sanitation & facility management
  • Zoo & exhibit design
  • Safety Issues
  • Animal feeding
  • Maintaining animal health
  • Animal records
  • Researching information
  • Permits and regulations
  • Behavior management
  • Collection planning & reproductive management
  • Animal handling and transport
  • Domestic hoofstock handling & management
  • Introduction to handling herps, birds, small mammals, primates, & carnivores
  • Farm animal management
  • Wildlife rehabilitation centers
  • Animal research centers
  • Oregon Zoo orientation

Process Skills:

  • Identify basic animal handling and management equipment
  • Interact appropriately with a variety of domestic hoofstock species
  • Identify critical principles of maintaining an aquarium
  • Assist in performing an intake exam on injured or orphaned wildlife
  • Utilize animal record keeping software
  • Prepare a basic animal diet
  • Construct an ethogram and use it to observe animal behaviors
  • Select appropriate animal enrichment materials