TRAINING GROUPS OF ANIMALS – BIANCA PAPADOPOULOS (Part 1/2)
In this two part podcast episode we talk about a number of different animal traning topics with Bianca Papadopulos. (You can learn/read more about Bianca below). In part one we discuss vouluntary health training programs and training groups of animals. Enjoy.
TRAINING GROUPS OF ANIMALS – BIANA PAPADOPOULOS
Bianca is a senior zookeeper at Melbourne Zoo, Australia and currently works with primates including Western Lowland Gorillas, Orangutans, Baboons, Mandrills, Gibbons and several other small primate species. Bianca has worked in the zoo industry for just over 10 years now.
Bianca has always had a passion for animals and it was a dream of hers to become an animal trainer since she was a little girl. During her later years of high school, she began volunteering at Melbourne Zoo. After completing her high school certificate in 2005, she landed her dream job as a zookeeper at Melbourne Zoo working with Asian Elephants, Australian and Sub-Antartic Fur Seals and a range of different bird species. Bianca spent a year in that position before spending the next year working as a marine mammal trainer at Dolphin Marine Magic in Coffs Harbour, Australia and UnderWater World on the Sunshine Coast, Australia working with bottlenose dolphins, seals, sea lions and Asian small-clawed otters.
In 2007, Bianca was employed as a marine mammal trainer at Sea World, Australia. Bianca spent the next 4 years there working with Californian Sea Lions, Australian Seal Lions, New Zealand Fur Seals, Harbour Seals, Inshore and Offshore Bottlenose Dolphins, Little, Gentoo and King Penguins.
In 2011, Bianca returned to Melbourne Zoo for a position within the Primate Precinct and currently oversees all animal training programs on the precinct. Over the past 10 years, Bianca has been fortunate to volunteer at SeaWorld San Diego, Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program and at Cuc Phuong Endangered Primate Rescue Centre.
During Bianca’s career, she developed a passion for animal training within a captive zoo setting. Over this time she has been able to work with many skilful trainers and develop a set of skills in the animal training field.
In 2015, Bianca was successful in a applying for a fellowship program through the International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS) which saw Bianca attend several animal training workshops/seminars in the USA and she was able to visit a number of facilities. Bianca now wants to disseminate that knowledge and show just how powerful positive reinforcement training really is.