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History, Husbandry, and the Current State of Ungulates in Zoos

lesser kudu

Ungulates come in a variety of sizes and awkward shapes. Characterized by their odd or even toes, this order of hooved mammals comprises everything from deer and pigs to elephants and tapir. Although the "wow" factor may vary between species, there is little doubt ungulates are a beautiful and valuable addition to any zoo. So join us and Smithsonian National Zoo keeper Denny Charlton for an insiders' look at hooved animals. Learn about the taxonomy, anatomy, and behavior of ungulates. See how we care for them and what challenges are facing the herd. Wild horses couldn’t keep us away from this course, so register today! Denny Charlton has been zookeeper for the last 18 years. He began his career at Cincinnati Zoo and has worked at Mesker Park Zoo in Indiana and is currently a keeper here at the Zoo. He is the SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper for Greater kudu, and has worked with ungulates from camels to giraffe, rhinos, hippos and takin.

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Age range: 18