Featherdale Wildlife Park - Sydney Australia

Sydney’s Hands-On Wildlife Experience

Visit by International Animal Behavioural Expert

Visit by International Animal Behavioural Expert

11th July, 2014

Steve Martin, renowned US animal behaviour consultant visited Featherdale Wildlife Park in western Sydney this week to “train their trainers.”  During the 3 day visit, Steve shared the latest techniques in positive reinforcement training including how to best demonstrate natural behaviours and also medical behaviours of birds and animals to Park guests.

Martin has been working in animal training since 1976 when he set up the first, free-flight bird show at the San Diego Wild Animal Park.  He has served as a consultant for over 90 zoological facilities in more than 20 countries.  He is an instructor at the Elephant Management School in Hamburg, Germany; a Trustee with the World Parrot Trust and is currently working with major global organisations like Disney.

Steve will train with some of the birds species at the Park including the Cockatoos and raptors and also with the koala family including Archer, one of five newborn koalas at Featherdale, and currently being hand raised by the Park keepers.

Tim Sinclair-Smith, the newly appointed General Manager of Featherdale Wildlife Park, is delighted that Martin is able to make time while he is in Australia to visit the Park.  “Steve is undeniably the world’s best animal behaviour trainer I have worked with and will bring a new level of understanding to our trainers at Featherdale.  We have worked together on many occasions including at Assiniboine Park in Canada where I was Director of Zoological Operations.”

Tim is also bringing a new vision for the Park drawing on his long history of working with animals throughout the world. Before running Assiniboine, he raised Grizzly Bear cubs in Vancouver, ran animal behaviour programs with Polar bears in Canada and crocodiles in Queensland and did a stint in Cameroon working at a primate rescue facility rescuing orphaned chimps and gorillas.