Join us January 14-16, 2020 for our fifth annual Animal Training Workshop. Hear from industry experts as they discuss innovative training techniques.
Registration is just $195 per person and space is limited. Registration will open October 16, 2019.
For additional questions, contact Kat Wheaton at Katelyn.email@example.com.
Wouter Stellaard is the Animal Programs Training Director at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and has 27 years experience in the zoological industry. Wouter realized his passion for the industry while working in a wildlife rehabilitation center in the Netherlands and later created his own animal ambulance while completing his animal care studies. He came to the U.S. in search of further education, receiving his degree in Exotic Animal Training and Management from Moorpark College.
Wouter began his professional career with Natural Encounters Inc. where he helped create, set up, train and present bird shows at zoos and aquariums across the country. He was ultimately promoted to Director of Behavioral Programs, consulting both nationally and internationally to create zoo wide animal training programs with keepers to grow their training and presentation skills.
In his current role with the Columbus Zoo, Wouter is responsible for the training of staff and animals in a variety of areas with a variety of taxa. He and his team produce natural behavior mixed-species shows, run an immersive close encounters guest area, as well as an African exhibit experience which focuses on life around an African watering hole featuring cheetah runs, bird flights, hoofstock and a variety of mammal talks. Most recently, Wouter helped relocate seven sea lions from China to the U.S. in preparation for the Columbus Zoo’s new sea lion exhibit.
Wouter is passionate about teaching others how to train animals using the science of behavior change and further industry standards.
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Senior Director Animal Behavior and Training
Steve has been working with marine mammals for more than three decades. He has worked with many species of marine mammals including beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, killer whales, California sea lions, sea otters, and many other amazing species. Aibel has extensive experience training behavior that focuses on animal health, research and showcasing their natural abilities. He also has extensive experience working with animals in need of rescue and rehabilitation including dolphins, beluga whales, sea lions, and manatees.
At the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Aibel champions a team of excellent professionals who strive day in and day out to provide the best possible care and welfare for animals with which we share our planet. Aibel strengthens Shedd Aquarium’s established animal welfare and conservation experience and oversees the training, husbandry and enrichment efforts by Shedd’s animal care team, using the principles of positive reinforcement.
Aibel is well versed in animal care and welfare to ensure th ebest possible conditions for all animals in his care. He is currently co-chair of the AZA Marine Mammal Taxon Advisory Group and has spoken on the subjects of animal conditioning and welfare at the International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association (IMATA), University of North Texas, the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA), as well as the Texas Travel Industry Association.
Aibel believes that animals are effective and powerful messengers in delivering the wonder of the animal kingdom and the conservation issues they currently face around the globe.
Aibel holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Delaware.
Workshop attendees will be able to take advantage of preferred hotel and lodging rates at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Brooks Hotel & Spa. Click the link below to book your hotel stay today.