Subject: Training Marine Mammals

Lori Mazzuca (
Tue, 6 May 1997 13:48:41 -1000 (HST)

Dear Jamey,
	Thank you for your question. If you are an animal lover you should
find working with them in any capacity fulfilling.  You asked if I thought
that training exotics was similar to whales/dolphins and I would have to
answer that both ways.  In principle, training is training in my
experience.  Much of how I worked with children and even how I trained my
own dog transferred over to training dolphins. However, the circumstances
in which the two (exotics and dolphins) are trained can be different--as
well as the animals themselves are different.  My best advice would be to
find the animal(s) that give you passion and go from there.
	Regarding your second question, I have heard of Moorpark, but I
cannot recall anything about the program.  Maybe you could get some email
addresses of students attending in the program and ask those that are
there.  I have done that in the past and have found it helpful.  Good
Lori Mazzuca

On Tue, 6 May 1997, Brenda Gottsabend wrote:

> I am interested in becoming an animal care specialist. I also thought about
> training exotic animals; whales and dolphins. Do you think the two are
> relative and I will get the satisfaction of the animal either way I go?
> Also I have searched and searched for a college that offers such degrees
> and have found one. Moorpark College in Moorpark, CA. Have you heard of it?
> and Is it what I am anticipating what it is? Thanks,
> Jamey Gottsabend