Trainer Talks and Tails

by Daisy Barrett & Tess McKelliget

Join co-hosts Tess & Daisy on Trainer, Talks and Tails podcast where, with the help of fellow keepers, trainers, and industry experts we’ll discuss topics within the zoological and aquarium industry including animal training and conservation!

Podcast episodes

  • Season 2

  • Raptors, Buffalos and Enrichment Programs with Blake Hutchinson

    Raptors, Buffalos and Enrichment Programs with Blake Hutchinson

    Blake joins us this week to touch on his career working across numerous facilities primarily specializing in raptors and mammals! Blake has a huge passion for enrichment and shares why quality enrichment is so important and how we can better provide it. You can find the podcast on socials @trainertalksandtails or reach out for feedback or queries on trainertalksandtails@outlook.com.

  • Giraffe Training and Conservation with Jimmy Sanders & Renae Moss

    Giraffe Training and Conservation with Jimmy Sanders & Renae Moss

    We had an absolute blast chatting with Jimmy and Renae, two giraffe specialists from Taronga Zoo! They chat all about reinforcers, challenges and of course, the training program they help maintain with the herd of giraffe. Jimmy and Renae are also extremely passionate about giraffe conservation, and they touch on what is being done to help conserve this unique species in the wild and the incredible fundraising they have contributed. You can find the podcast on socials @trainertalksandtails or reach out for feedback or queries on trainertalksandtails@outlook.com.

  • Training Terminology and Concept Teaching with Erin Oakley

    Training Terminology and Concept Teaching with Erin Oakley

    For this week's episode, we were lucky enough to be joined by Erin Oakley, from Seaworld on the Gold Coast! Erin has had the opportunity to work with a variety of marine animals and has an incredible understanding of training from her years of experience. With this, Erin helps explain some basic training terminology, with examples, that we might use daily within our facilities. She also is interested in concept training and shares what that might look like and how this type of teaching can positively effect animals in human care. If you have any questions for Erin you can reach out on socials @erinjoakley. You can find the podcast on socials @trainertalksandtails or reach out for feedback or queries on trainertalksandtails@outlook.com.

  • Public Speaking and Presentations with Michael Croaker

    Public Speaking and Presentations with Michael Croaker

    We're so excited to be joined by Village Road Shows Head of Entertainment and communication coach, Michael Croaker this week! With over 30 years of experience, Michael generously shares his tips and tricks for gaining confidence with public speaking and developing your skillset. We chat all about maintaining guest engagement and what to remember when writing scripts. You can reach out to Michael via his website Stand & Deliver Public Speaking Bootcamp (standanddelivercoach.com). You can find the podcast on socials @trainertalksandtails or for feedback and queries on trainertalksandtails@outlook.com.

  • Paradise Country's Meerkat, Macropod and Marmoset Training with Hollie Hughes, Tabatha Crewes and Rhiannon Oosthuizen

    Paradise Country's Meerkat, Macropod and Marmoset Training with Hollie Hughes, Tabatha Crewes and Rhiannon Oosthuizen

    This week we were lucky enough to sit down with 3 of Paradise Country's animal specialists to chat all about training! The girls chat about training wins and challenges, reinforcers and future training goals with all three species! You can find Paradise Country on socials @paradisecountrygc and the podcast @trainertalksandtails. You can reach out for feedback or queries on trainertalksandtails@outlook.com.