Animal Training Workshop

Join us February 7 and 8, 2018 for our third annual Animal Training Workshop. During this two-day workshop, hear from a panel of industry experts, including Barbara Heidenreich, LynnLee Schmidt and Tricia Dees, as they discuss innovative training techniques, showcase live training demonstrations and provide exclusive hands on training opportunities.

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Registration is just $195 per person and space is LIMITED. Registration includes entry fee, transportation to and from hotel*, a light breakfast and lunch on both workshop days, plus a special dinner on the night of the first evening (February 7, 2018). *Registration closes January 26, 2018.

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*See below for hotel and transportation information.


Workshop Itinerary

Day 1

7:00 a.m. Light Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Guest Speaker 1
10:00 a.m. Training Demonstration/Opportunity
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Guest Speaker 2
2:00 p.m. Training Demonstration/Opportunity
4:00 p.m. Self-Guided Zoo Exploration
6:00 p.m. Dinner Inside Africa Live!

Day 2

7:00 a.m. Light Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Guest Speaker 3
10:00 a.m. Training Demonstration/Opportunity
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Guest Speaker 4
2:00 p.m. Training Demonstration/Opportunity
4:00 p.m. Event End

Guest Speakers

Barbara Heidenreich

Barbara has been a professional in the field of animal training since 1990. She provides consulting services to zoos, nature centers and other animal facilities. She lectures regularly to the veterinary community. She is an adjunct instructor at Texas A&M University, Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences. In her career she has trained animals, trained staff, lectured and/or presented shows at over 50 animal facilities around the world.


LynnLee Schmidt

LynnLee Schmidt has been training everything from tigers to snakes for the last twelve years. She believes strongly in building cohesive teams and creating animal encounters that inspire people to change their behavior. Her hope is to help trainers and animals find and live their "happy" all while captivating guests. Her goal is to the save the world one person at a time.


Tricia Dees

Tricia Dees has been working with animals for over 25 years. She has a bachelor of science degree in zoology from Texas Tech University and has worked at the Texas State Aquarium, South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Keahou Bird Conservation Center, SeaWorld San Antonio, and corporate animal care and education for Petco Animal Supplies. In addition, she is a graduate of Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders ( and has volunteered for Bat Conservation International and Ewaso Lions. She is the current president of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance, an international organization dedicated to enhancing animal care through training and enrichment. Tricia has worked with a wide array of taxa and will be speaking on training techniques such as LRS and VRRV and applying them to any species you work with. She will also address the importance of secondary reinforcers and enrichment programs for a well-rounded behavioral management system.


Robert Trejo

Robert Trejo grew up around animals. After rescuing and nursing several animals back to health at a young age, he knew that this passion would soon become his focus in life. He began his professional career as a volunteer at the zoo in his hometown of El Paso, Texas in 1987. While pursuing working at the El Paso Zoo, he studied at the University of Texas El Paso, majoring in biology. After graduation he got a job at SeaWorld San Antonio, where he worked as a professional animal trainer and international animal ambassador for 15 years. Intermittently, Robert has also worked as a veterinary technician at local animal hospitals. Robert has more than 20 years experience working with and training countless animals including: small mammals, birds, reptiles and marine mammals such as dolphins, beluga whales, sea lions, walruses, and otters. His career as an animal ambassador has given him the opportunity to experience firsthand the impact that animals have on people. His experiences inspired him to share his passion and love of animals by founding Zoomagination, an outreach company that inspires and influences all generations to protect the natural environment through close-up, meaningful encounters between animals and humans.


Lodging & Transportation

Thanks to our friends at San Antonio Marriott Northwest for offering an exclusive hotel rate of $115 per night for our workshop participants. Rooms must be booked by January 24, 2018. To book your hotel room, please click on the link below.

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San Antonio Zoo will provide transporation to workshop participants staying at San Antonio Marriott Northwest. Morning pickup time will be 7:00 a.m.


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