One of the things I know blog readers are frequently concerned about is if the people who run zoos really know what they’re doing. Talking about the credentials of staff is on the to-do list, but for now, here’s a quick and easy example of some of it: above are photographs of the continued education professional workshop leaflet in my recent AZA magazine. These are the academic sessions they’re hosting nation-wide for the next calendar year. Anyone can attend - preference is given for AZA staff, but non-AZA professionals can attend too. This is just one organization of many who host seminars to support field and staff growth.
regarding your statement about how people in the wolfdog community consider hands on experience just as relevant as academic and professional experience, would academic only apply to people who have gone to college for it? or would academic experience also include people who have spent years studying their behavior and biology in their free time?