The Advantages Of Training Antelope To Cooperate With Veterinary Procedures

Antelope being trained to voluntarily enter the box to receive veterinary treatments.

Training Procedure

Each step of the training procedure was done slowly and carefully to avoid a dangerous flight reaction. Both nyala and bongo will orient their heads and ears towards a novel sound, such as movement of the crate doors. If the sound continues, the animal will either tolerate it or bolt and attempt to flee. Habituating the animals to the sound of the sliding doors is the most critical part of the training. Great care was taken to avoid triggering a flight reaction. The reason why horns are often broken off when animals are forcefully manually restrained is due to a massive flight reaction due to fear.

Successful blood sampling of an antelope.