I want to be an exotic animal trainer,?

I am going into my second year of college, in the undecided major haha. But I have decided I want to go into exotic animal training. I'm not wanting to go 4 years though. Just a 2 year degree or whatever it is I need. I'm looking for information about exotic animal training in general and schools or programs to go into. Any info will help. Thank you!!:)

Sankey LIBBY
  • <cite class="sig">PAULENE Felio</cite>

    Hi :)

    I am an exotic animal trainer, and I got my foot in the door right away. You know how? A program called EATM, or exotic animal training and management. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI6wz6jg7… Here is a list of where graduates have gotten to work: Universal Studios (California, Florida, and Japan), Sea World (San Diego, Ohio, & Florida), San Diego Wild Animal Park, San Diego Zoo, Los Angeles Zoo, Brookfield Zoo (Chicago), Folsom Zoo (CA), Sacramento Zoo (CA), Chaffee Zoo (CA), Mystic Aquarium (CN), The Bronx Zoo (NY), State Fish and Wildlife Departments, American Humane Association, Guide Dogs for the Blind (San Rafael, California), Animal Actors of Hollywood, Studio Animal Services, Steve Martin's Working Wildlife, the United States Navy – as civilian contractors training marine mammals (Dolphins, Sea Lions, Beluga Whales), Dolphin Quest – a Dolphin interaction program – (Hawaii, Bermuda, & Tahiti), Woburn Safari Park (Great Britain), the Six Flags Amusement Parks (especially Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo & Six Flags Magic Mountain, California,), Disney's Animal Kingdom (Florida), Siegfried & Roy (Las Vegas), the MGM Lion Habitat and other Las Vegas animal venues, Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach, California), Zoo-to-You (Paso Robles, CA), Wild Things (Auburn, California), Wild About Cats (Auburn, California), Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, plus many, many other zoos, aquariums, and animal companies all over the world.

    More on their website: http://www.moorparkcollege.edu/current_s

    In addition, you should get volunteer experience! Volunteer at a zoo, animal shelter etc. Also, work with large and possibly dangerous animals, such as horses, is very beneficial.

    Good luck! :)

  • <cite class="sig">MBengtson</cite>

    Here is a site with major resource links for you: http://zoocrewkids.blogspot.com/ Under Pet Care click on all the "Target Training" sections listed. Scroll down to National/International Organizations which will link you with every major institution providing internship, job, career information.

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