NOTE: It is with a heavy heart that we share news of Hilda Tresz’s passing in April 2019 whilst doing her incredible work in Nepal. This piece of content is a tribute to the world changing effort Hilda put into everything she did! Here at Animal Training Academy we will work tirelessly to play our part in continuing Hilda’s mission in improving animal welfare everywhere.
HILDA TRESZ – Phoenix Zoo
Hilda was born and raised in Budapest until 1989 when she moved to the United States. She began working as a Zoo keeper immediately after graduating from high school and over the last 28 years she has honed her skills as a caregiver, enrichment specialist, trainer, educator, and behavioral manager of a huge array of species with an additional special focus on chimpanzee’s. On top of this Hilda additionally holds a triple major degree in Biology, geography and education. She uses her education and experience to help change the lives of animals, the people that work with them and the organisations that house them. As mentioned Her current role is the behavioral enrichment and international animal welfare coordinator at the Phoenix zoo as well as being a mentor for the Jane Goodall institute. She’s worked with numerous international zoos in India, Israel, Qatar, Egypt, the UAE, Mexico, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, China and other countries and is especially skilled in helping these organisations create productive, healthy, mentally stimulating conditions for their animals with little to no funding. Internationally Hilda’s policy is to leave no chimp isolated, no elephant chained or no tiger malnourished she embraces those who may not know and teaches them they are the voices for those that cannot speak, the the guardians for those that cannot step away and the saviours for those who cannot save themselves.