Suggested Animal Training Resources

The training resources available today, many of them free, can really help a trainer develop skills, problem solve, and collect new ideas. There are literally thousands, if not more, resources for zoo keepers to learn more about animal training. Below is a brief list of some of these resources other than those produced by the ATC. This resource list includes websites, List Servs and supply companies that are not necessarily affiliated with or endorsed by the AAZK, Inc. However, many of them can prove to be quite useful to the zoo trainer. Specific articles and books are listed in the Animal Training and Enrichment Bibliography.

There is one resource that is not on this list that is invaluable to the zoo trainer – our zoo colleagues. In addition to utilizing the vast array of training resources available in books, or websites, etc., the ATC encourages all zoo trainers to communicate with their peers and colleagues to learn from each other’s experiences.

E-Mail List Serves

Journals and Newsletters

Please refer to the address below:

Animal Behavior Management Alliance
C/o Gary Wilson, Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, CA 93021, 805-378-1441

Animal Keepers’ Forum (Journal of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK)
3601 S.W 29th St. Suite 133, Topeka, KS 66614

Journal of the Elephant Managers’ Association Newsletter (EMA)
C/o Chuck Doyle Rosamund Gifford Zoo 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse, NY 13204

Soundings, Magazine of the International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association (IMATA)
1200 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605

The Flyer, newsletter of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE)
2412 Creekside Court, Stillwater, MN 55082

World Wide Web

Bird Training Websites
Websites to purchase books
Training Supplies:

Busy Beaks, LLC – They have a large variety of bird toys that are good OR:

Busy Beaks, LLC
458 Lucher Rd
Willis, TX  77378
Voice: 936-344-8400
Fax: 936-344-8406


Merlin Systems, Inc. – OR:

Merlin Systems, Inc.
P.O. Box 190257 Boise, ID 83719

Ph:(208)362-2254   Fax:(208) 362-2140
For Orders: 1-866-742-8475

 Please note: The information and/or products provided in this resource list are intended for use at the zoo trainer's discretion. The ATC or AAZK, Inc. does not necessarily endorse the information or products in this resource list, but has compiled it simply as a reference list for you to use at your own discretion.