In this podcast I have the pleasure of talking to the Director of Training and Behavioral Husbandry from San Francisco Zoo in California. Some of the great topics we cover in this podcast episode on animal training and enrichment are;
- How to get started with your career as an animal trainer.
- How animal training can help with conservation in the wild.
- How to work with an “unmotivated animal.”
- The huge benefits of using positive reinforcement as a behavior change tool.
- The importance of empowerment, trust, partnerships, and Feng Shui (Environmental arrangement) when training your animals.
- How to develop positive partnerships and relationships with your animals.
- The importance of developing a deep understanding of behavior and knowing your individual animal.
- Plus much more great information about animal training and enrichment.
DEBBIE MARRIN PROFILE (Animal Training and Enrichment).
Like other people highlighted on this website Debbie Marrin is very passionate about providing optimal animal care, and practicing positive training techniques that benefit the animals she works with. Debbie has worked with animals professionally for over 40 years. During that time Debbie has held many different job titles and worked with numerous species of marine, exotic, wild, and domestic animals. Her training style has always been based on positive reinforcement training. Debbie is grateful that throughout her career she has had the opportunity to be mentored by many highly successful trainers whose words of wisdom and lessons have stayed with her throughout her career.
Debbie began her career at Lion Country Safari in Southern California working with exotic animals and then attended and graduated from the Exotic Animal Training and Management (EATM) Program at Moorpark College.
After graduating EATM Debbie spent the next 27 years specializing in marine mammal training at Marine World Africa USA. Debbie also started training animals for shows and non-invasive research projects. In the mid-1980s she was given the opportunity to start the dolphin husbandry training program, and later the walrus husbandry program. Debbie also supervised the killer whale husbandry program for several years. Husbandry and research training had become her unplanned specialty.
In 2008 Debbie started work at the San Francisco Zoo as a Carnivore Keeper, then Assistant Curator and currently she holds the position of Director of Training and Behavioral Husbandry. Her current goals are to teach and mentor other trainers and to continue to advance animal training and enrichment practices for all animals.