Join us February 5 – 7, 2019 for our fourth annual Animal Training Workshop. Hear from a panel of industry experts as they discuss innovative training techniques and showcase live training demonstrations during this two and a half day workshop. This year will also include panel discussions
Registration is just $195 per person and space is LIMITED. Registration includes entry fee, a breakfast, and lunch on both workshop days, plus a special dinner on the night of the second evening (February 6, 2019). *Registration closes February 1, 2019.
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LynnLee manages a zoo both at home and at work! Two small boys keep her on her toes and love to accompany her on any animal adventure. She owns Animals Amplified, a consulting company that empowers teams to develop innovative solutions so animals and keepers can find and live their “happy.” When teams and animals are playing at max volume they captivate guests and make positive change for our planet. Her experience is mostly with big cats, ambassador animals, and training. LynnLee gets excited about big challenges, things that others say can’t be done, and she loves to help bridge the gaps between management and frontline staff.”
Kordowski left the inaugural Exotic Animal Training and Management program at Moorpark College in 1975 to begin his 31-year professional career at SeaWorld, Orlando. During his tenure he was formative in establishing a highly-successful training methodology replacing punishment with positives and worked across the entire management portfolio from developing shows and enhancing day-to-day guest interaction experiences through to enriching the environments for the marine and terrestrial animals.
Next, he attracted international attention from Atlantis, The Palm, a $1.5 billion ocean-themed destination resort in Dubai. They recruited him as their Vice President of Dolphin Bay where he was responsible for instituting and operating the United Arab Emirates’ first licensed dolphin interactive facility. There he oversaw the installation of the natural environment-based facility and recruited and managed an international team of 110 employees. He also developed educational programs for schools and universities in partnership with the U.A.E.’s Government and Environmental teams, established a complete veterinary laboratory and developed a program for rescue and rehabilitation of stranded or injured marine animals.
After return back to the USA, Kordowski was the Director of Zoological Operations at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Georgia, which includes hundreds of exotic animals as well as a water park, rides and concerts.
As an established speaker, he presents on a variety of topics including service dog training, the power of positive relationships and philosophy and practices of falconry. He co-hosted ‘My Pet” on KXAN in Austin, Texas, a Saturday morning news segment focused on training a variety of pets at home using the same methods used to train service dogs and zoo animals. Kordowski has served as Vice Present, President and on the Board of Directors for the International Marine Animal Trainers Associations. He also served as CFO and on the Board of Directors for The Animal Behavior Management Alliance.
In September 2011, Kordowski took the reins of the 30-year-old nonprofit Service Dogs, Inc. where he is steering the training department in the organization’s mission to adopt dogs from animal shelters and transform them into working partners for individuals living with disabilities. Since arriving, he has spearheaded the development of the organizations Assistance Dog Trainer’s Academy. The academy instructs professional dog trainers on the nuances of operating a service dog program including behavioral methodology, temperament selection for service dogs, instructing clients and hands on training mechanics with program dogs.
Tricia Dees has been working for animals for more than 25 years. She began volunteering at the Texas State Aquarium when she was twelve years old and has been working with zoos, aquariums, and wildlife rescue centers ever since. While earning a degree in zoology from Texas Tech University, she interned at the South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and Keahou Bird Conservation Center in Volcano, Hawaii. After graduating, she began her career at SeaWorld San Antonio working with sharks, penguins, and cetaceans, to name a few. During this time she began actively working in conservation education while being an ambassador for the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, the company’s non-profit arm. She also has worked to improve animal care for corporate pet supply companies. She is a published author on articles on everything from seizure detection training in canines to sea lion enrichment. She is a proud graduate of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders (www.wildlifedeaders.org) Class 4, an attendee at the Rhino Conservation Symposium held in June, and serves as past president of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (www.theabma.org). In her spare time, she has volunteered for Bat Conservation International, Ewaso Lions, and the Texas Tech Alumni Association.
Wouter Stellaard is the Animal Programs Training Director at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and has 26 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.
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Holiday Inn Express San Antonio Airport
91 Northeast Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78216
Reservations: Reservations can be made by calling 1-210-308-6700. Room rate is $98 per night plus tax. Please, mention you are with San Antonio Zoo room block.
Cut-off date: Reservations, either call in or via rooming lists, received after Monday, January 14, 2019 will be provided on a space-available basis at prevailing rates.