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Teaching Animals
with Science and Empathy

June 10-13 at ZooTampa at lowry Park
Icebreaker (Optional) June 9

This is an interactive workshop providing a comprehensive understanding of behavior modifications as it relates to all species, both domestic and exotic. Participants will gain hands-on experience applying their newfound knowledge to real-life scenarios with ZooTampa animals. They will also discover ethical and science-based methods from expert instructors who will share the latest principles and techniques in animal well-being.

This workshop has been approved by:

The IAABC for 4.5-7.75 hours of Continuing Education Units

The CCPDT for 17 CEUs for CPDT-KA, 17 CEUs for CPDT-KSA (5.0 knowledge, 12.0 skill) and 9 CEUs for CCBC-KA.

Workshop Topics

  • Past, present, and the future of teaching animals
  • Behavior Modification Theory
  • Keystone behavior concepts
  • Aggression causes and reduction strategies
  • Affective States and effects on animal learning and welfare
  • Behavioral monitoring for data-driven decision making
  • Case study discussions
  • And more!

Interactive Elements

  • Hands-on application with ZooTampa animals
  • Live animal demonstrations in the classroom and out in the Zoo

 


 

Workshop Registration

Registration is now closed. Stay tuned for details on next year’s workshop!

For questions and more information, please contact Sue.Pasquine@ZooTampa.org.

Who should attend? Zoo and aquarium professionals, domestic animal professionals, aspiring animal professionals, wildlife educators and those looking to learn skills to apply to their own animals.

Attend in-person

Capacity: 60

Registration Fee: $375

*Fee includes icebreaker, 4 days of instruction including hands on opportunities and live demonstrations, course materials, lunch, snacks and transportation from the Hotel Flor to ZooTampa. 

ZooTampa has a limited number of rooms available for group rate at the Hotel Flor.

Click here to book your room through ZooTampa’s room block. 

Join Virtually

Book full workshop: $200 

Book by the day: $50/day

*Virtual attendance fees do NOT include interactive, hands-on components of the workshop. There will be offline breaks during the day when in-person attendees are out of the classroom and in the park for the interactive elements.  

Please contact Sue.Pasquine@ZooTampa.org with any questions.

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Instructors

Thad Lacinak

Founder, Precision Behavior

Thad is a founder of Precision Behavior. He manages project development and consulting and works to advance animal behavior modification techniques and trainer safety within the zoological community. Thad is also integral to the instructional products of PB, teaching positive reinforcement based courses to both zoological and corporate clients. He currently consults at zoological and domestic animal facilities world-wide. 
 
In 2008, Thad retired from a 35-year career at Busch Entertainment Corporation (BEC), as Vice President and Corporate Curator of Animal Training where he directed animal training and enrichment efforts at all U.S. SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Theme Parks. Thad oversaw and coordinated the efforts of over 450 animal trainers and keepers at these parks. In short, he had the world’s largest animal training staff as well as the world’s largest collection of trained animals under his purview. 
 
Lacinak was instrumental in developing Sea World’s and Busch Gardens’ industry-leading behavior and training techniques, husbandry procedures, and spectacular killer whale shows. Thad led the team that won the prestigious Thea Award from the Themed Entertainment Association in 2007 for the Believe killer whale show. In addition, he has won numerous awards for presentations and workshops at professional conferences. 
 
Lacinak is a member of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association where he was Vice President in 1986 and he was co-founder and president of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance. He is frequently sought by the media for his expert opinion on a wide variety of animal-related issues and has been featured on CNN’s Larry King Live, Fox News, and Good Morning America, among other shows. 
 
Since the publication of the New York Time’s best-seller, Whale Done! in 2001, which sold over a million copies in eighteen languages, Thad continues to present keynote speeches, seminars and workshops globally to major corporations and US Government agencies explaining the Whale Done process, vastly improving working relationships. Whale Done Parenting was released in the Fall of 2009. Thad’s third book in the Whale Done series, The Whale Done School, was released in the Spring of 2012.

Angi Millwood Lacinak

Founder, Precision Behavior

Angi is a founder of Precision Behavior. She manages daily operations and project development for PB, focused on zoological consulting. In this role, Angi also writes, designs and instructs positive reinforcement based seminars and workshops directed at improving the lives of people and animals. In addition to her skills as an instructor, she has an extensive background in exotic animal training and theatrical show production. She currently consults at zoological and domestic animal facilities worldwide. 
 
Previously, Angi held positions at several top-ranked animal facilities. She served as Manager of Marine Mammals at the Atlantis Resort, The Palm, in Dubai where she was responsible for the care and training of Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins as well as staff development. She was also the Director of Behavior Programs at Natural Encounters, Inc. (NEI), responsible for behavioral husbandry consulting in zoological facilities worldwide including training staff, training animals, and show development as well as coordinating all of NEI’s animal training workshops. Prior to work at NEI, Angi was the Animal Training Coordinator at the Fort Worth Zoo, responsible for the Zoo’s animal training programs for more than 350 animal species. She was also a member of the Disney’s Animal Kingdom opening team, working with a wide variety of species and assisting with the implementation of a variety of behavioral husbandry initiatives. 
 
Angi is currently a professional member of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA), where she served on the Board of Directors. She is also a professional member of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA). Angi has conducted numerous workshops and papers nationally and internationally at conferences, for zoo staff, college students and business professionals. In 2005 she received the Animal Welfare Advancement Award from the ABMA. 
 
She has served as a Course Instructor for the AZA professional courses: Animal Training Applications in Zoo and Aquarium Settings and Meeting Your Institutional Goals through Program Animals. She is a graduate of Jacksonville State University with a double major in Theater and English. She holds an MA in Anthrozoology from the University of Exeter and is currently pursuing a PhD. 

Otto Fad

Partner, Behavior & Welfare Specialist, Precision Behavior

Before joining the Precision Behavior team in 2017, Otto led a team of talented behaviorists at Busch Gardens Tampa, where he guided the 2004 transformation of the elephant program from its traditional roots to choice-, trust-, and relationship-based Positive Reinforcement Training. Outside of “Pachyderm Palace,” Otto also worked with the orangutan and gibbon teams. 
 
Prior to BGT, Otto was a Senior Trainer and Research Coordinator at SeaWorld Orlando, where he worked with marine mammals beginning in 1987. When not training, performing or hugging several species – mostly killer whales — he was also responsible for business and labor analyses. Additionally, Otto wrote several education shows and helped to develop multiple animal interaction programs. 
 
Otto has always been heavily involved in research and animal welfare. He has written, spoken, and presented on topics including husbandry training, behavioral enrichment, desensitization, anthropomorphism, natural history, facility design, cognition and comparative psychology, safety, staff development, thermoregulation, elephant personality, positive reinforcement, and more in numerous venues including seven different college campuses. In addition to collaborating, conducting, and publishing research, Otto has been tapped to review manuscript submissions for two different peer-review journals. 
 
While endeavoring to raise the professionalism and pride of those around him and to increase research output, Otto established or enhanced ties with institutions of higher learning, helping to develop programs for several graduate and hundreds of undergraduate students.  
 
Otto has consulted on elephant behavior issues both in the US and overseas. He has served as an Advisor to the AZA Animal Welfare Committee and is also a member of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA) and The Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA), for which he formerly served as a board member and chair of the Government Affairs Committee. He is also a past member of EMA, as well as the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA).  
 
His BGT Elephant Team featured an extraordinary group of creative, positive, and passionate trainers, and frequently hosted visiting behaviorists, scientists, conservationists, animal welfare experts, and elephant handlers from across the world, but also management and organizational behavior consultants eager to study the positive, productive, and fun culture of the team. 
 

In a second career, Otto has also been a sportswriter and entrepreneur with clients throughout NCAA Division I athletic conferences, plus sports media professionals, bowl committees, marketing consultants, and sports law specialists. His analyses have been featured in national magazines, dozens of newspapers, numerous online venues, and radio at the national, regional, and local levels.  
 
Otto gratefully acknowledges that he has personally benefited from learning from some of the top animal behavior professionals in the world, and feels that the day that his learning stops is the day he’ll hang up his whistle. Strongly committed to the primacy of animal welfare, Otto enjoys working with smart, discerning animals, and passionate, professional people. 

Christel Fleming

Behavior & Welfare Specialist, Precision Behavior

Christel Fleming was raised in Connecticut where she enlisted in the United States Air Force. After 14 years of dedicated service as a Radiologic Technologist, she was medically separated from the military and at that time made the decision to have a dramatic career change. Christel has always been passionate about helping animals and has always loved to teach so she merged her two passions when she selected dog training as her new career.   
 
In 2012 she graduated from her first dog training school and opened a business providing private in-home dog training lessons. In 2017 she furthered her education at Starmark Academy where she earned her Canine Training and Behavior Specialist certification. In late 2017 she moved to St. Augustine Florida to continue her passion and expand upon her knowledge by training service dogs for a local non-profit, K9s for Warriors.  
 
After only three years of training service dogs for veterans with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), TBI (traumatic brain injury), and MST (military sexual trauma), Christel was presented with a leadership opportunity as Manager of K9 Training. She was a key player in evolving the organization from training methods using aversive tools to relationship-based training, with the assistance of PB, who were contracted to improve the staff’s technical skills and to elevate canine welfare for the organization.   
 
Additionally, in her tenure as Training Manager, Christel developed a mentorship program for experienced trainers, a K9 Trainer Apprenticeship Program to teach new trainers, a Prison Program to give inmates a skill to use upon their release, a career progression path to decrease trainer attrition rates, and established training criteria and incremental testing to improve consistency.  While she enjoyed the ability to make positive change, she always missed the direct interaction with dogs.   

Mid-year 2022, Christel left her management position to pursue other opportunities that involved direct interaction with animals and coaching training professionals. In 2023, Christel earned her Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers and joined PB to grow the domestic animal branch of the company’s services.

Tiffany Burns

Senior Director of Animal Programs, ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Tiffany Burns is a highly skilled animal care professional with over two decades of experience in the industry. She has a strong passion for animal training and is dedicated to promoting their welfare and well-being. Currently, as Senior Director of Animal programs, she brings her extensive knowledge and expertise to help educate and inspire future animal trainers. 

Having worked with a variety of animals throughout her career, Tiffany has gained a deep understanding of animal behavior and training techniques. Her experience includes working at various facilities and learning from different experts, allowing her to develop a vast array of skills and techniques. 

As an instructor, Tiffany is committed to fostering a culture of respect and empathy for all animals. She firmly believes that proper training is crucial for ensuring the well-being of animals and is dedicated to promoting positive training methods. She firmly believes in the importance of proper care and treatment of all creatures and is dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of the animals. 

 

Sue Pasquine

Director of Behavioral Husbandry, ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Sue Pasquine manages ZooTampa’s Behavioral Husbandry program improving the well-being of its animals through evidence-based behavior management. Her focus is to continue evolving the program and fully integrating behavioral husbandry practices into daily animal care, working directly with the teams and the animals to develop their skills and understanding.   

Sue is approaching twenty years of professional animal experience and has gained valuable knowledge regarding veterinary care, zoo education, animal training, animal husbandry and showmanship skills. Her solid foundation of training began with marine mammals focusing on positive reinforcement techniques. She was able to utilize that knowledge to improve training programs in a variety of land species. Sue has assisted in the development of several educational dolphin shows and programs while prioritizing the connection between the guest and the animal. Sue has developed multiple guest interaction programs at ZooTampa, as well, including a free-flighted experience, the Macaw Flyover. Sue enjoys teaching and working with professionals and aspiring animal professionals alike on how to build positive relationships with their animals. Sue feels strongly that a well-rounded behavioral husbandry program begins with a solid understanding of behavior allowing us to make educated decisions about our animals and being transparent about that care with guests leading to conservation action.  

Sue has had the pleasure of working alongside and learning from Precision Behavior for many years. Their expertise was an integral part of her growth and development. She is excited to continue collaborating and growing with this group of experts to evolve well-being practices and advocating for all animals.  

Kelly Trotto

Associate Curator of Behavioral Husbandry, ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Kelly Trotto is the associate curator of behavioral husbandry at ZooTampa. Her focus is supporting the behavioral conditioning and enrichment programs for the Zoo as well as facilitating behavioral monitoring and research. She also assists in the training and development of a team of diverse husbandry professionals.  

Kelly has 15+ years of experience as a zoological professional, developing and implementing training and enrichment strategies. She also has a background of leading teams in optimizing behavioral welfare for a variety of species.  

Kelly holds a Master of Animal Welfare and Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania, where her research focus was on using behavioral monitoring to determine how highly motivated behavioral opportunities impact affective state and overall welfare for zoo-housed species. 

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Tiffany Burns

Senior Director of Animal Programs, ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Tiffany Burns is a highly skilled animal care professional with over two decades of experience in the industry. She has a strong passion for animal training and is dedicated to promoting their welfare and well-being. Currently, as Senior Director of Animal programs, she brings her extensive knowledge and expertise to help educate and inspire future animal trainers. 

Having worked with a variety of animals throughout her career, Tiffany has gained a deep understanding of animal behavior and training techniques. Her experience includes working at various facilities and learning from different experts, allowing her to develop a vast array of skills and techniques. 

As an instructor, Tiffany is committed to fostering a culture of respect and empathy for all animals. She firmly believes that proper training is crucial for ensuring the well-being of animals and is dedicated to promoting positive training methods. She firmly believes in the importance of proper care and treatment of all creatures and is dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of the animals. 

 

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Sue Pasquine

Curator of Behavioral Husbandry, ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Sue Pasquine manages ZooTampa’s Behavioral Husbandry program improving the well-being of its animals through evidence-based behavior management. Her focus is to continue evolving the program and fully integrating behavioral husbandry practices into daily animal care, working directly with the teams and the animals to develop their skills and understanding.   

Sue is approaching twenty years of professional animal experience and has gained valuable knowledge regarding veterinary care, zoo education, animal training, animal husbandry and showmanship skills. Her solid foundation of training began with marine mammals focusing on positive reinforcement techniques. She was able to utilize that knowledge to improve training programs in a variety of land species. Sue has assisted in the development of several educational dolphin shows and programs while prioritizing the connection between the guest and the animal. Sue has developed multiple guest interaction programs at ZooTampa, as well, including a free-flighted experience, the Macaw Flyover. Sue enjoys teaching and working with professionals and aspiring animal professionals alike on how to build positive relationships with their animals. Sue feels strongly that a well-rounded behavioral husbandry program begins with a solid understanding of behavior allowing us to make educated decisions about our animals and being transparent about that care with guests leading to conservation action.  

Sue has had the pleasure of working alongside and learning from Precision Behavior for many years. Their expertise was an integral part of her growth and development. She is excited to continue collaborating and growing with this group of experts to evolve well-being practices and advocating for all animals.  

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Trustees of the Lowry Park Zoological Society, Directors of the Lowry Park Zoo Endowment Foundation, and the Employees and Volunteers of ZooTampa understand and appreciate the vital role of philanthropy to accomplish our work. That’s why we subscribe to the Donor Bill of Rights developed by the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, National Society of Fund Raising Executives:

“Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes that they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

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Outside Food & Drinks Policy

ZooTampa at Lowry Park offers a variety of delicious food for guests at several restaurants and concession stands throughout, but we understand that guests may need to bring outside food for special dietary needs. Acceptable and prohibited food items are listed below. For the convenience of our guests, there is a picnic area located outside the park near the main parking lot.

 Acceptable Items
  • Bottled water (max 20oz bottle, sealed) one per guest
  • Small snacks for young children
  • Baby food/baby formula
  • Soft-sided insulated bags no larger than 8.5” wide x 6” high x 6” deep (limit one per child)
  • Pre-purchased empty ZooTampa souvenir cups
  • Any food required for medical purposes and medically-indicated nutritional supplements
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  • Prepared or packaged food or meals
  • Alcohol
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  • Soft-sided coolers larger than 8.5” wide x 6” high x 6” deep
  • Suitcases and soft-sided bags with wheels larger than 24” long x 15” wide x 18” high

Prohibited Items

For the safety of our animals, guests and employees, the following items are not permitted to be brought into ZooTampa:

  • Any type of explosive or weapon 
  • Knives or other sharp objects
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  • Alcoholic beverages
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  • Clothing likely to create a danger or disturbance
  • Any hazardous items or materials

The following items are also prohibited to avoid blocking of walkways and/or trip hazards:

  • Segways
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  • Two-wheeled scooters
  • Self-balancing electric vehicles
  • Shoes with wheels
  • Drones
  • Hard-sided coolers of any size
  • Soft-sided coolers larger than 8.5” wide x 6” high x 6” deep
  • Suitcases and soft-sided bags with wheels larger than 24” long x 15” wide x 18” high

Please leave any unnecessary articles secured within your vehicle to expedite your entry into the park.

We reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not observing Zoo Rules.

Pay For A Day Tickets

With a new Pay For A Day Get Rest of Year Free ticket, you get free admission through December 31, 2024 including access to our seasonal event series. Some blockout dates apply — see below for details. Not valid with any other discounts.

When does my Pay for a Day ticket expire?

All Pay for a Day Get Rest of Year Free tickets (purchased after 9/30/2023) expire 12/31/2024.

What are the blockout dates?

11/24/24 – 11/26/24
12/26/24 – 12/31/24

Blockout dates apply to admission before 4:00 PM on the above dates.

Can I purchase a Pay for a Day ticket on a blockout date?

Yes! You can purchase a Pay for a Day Get Rest of Year Free ticket for first-time use on a listed blockout date and have full access to the park on that day. Blockout dates apply to repeat visitation.

Can I use my Pay for a Day ticket on blockout dates?

If you already have your Pay for a Day Get Rest of Year Free ticket and wish to visit during a listed blockout date, please stop by the Zoo’s ticketing windows for alternate options:

  1. During blockout periods, Pay for a Day ticket holders have access to significantly discounted single-day tickets.
  2. For a limited time from the date of purchase, Pay for a Day tickets can be upgraded to a Zoo Membership (with no blockout dates).

I purchased a Pay for a Day ticket online. How do I get my actual ticket?

Bring a copy of your confirmation (or show the confirmation email on your mobile device) to expedite entry into the Zoo. At your convenience during your visit you can stop by the Tours & Guest Services kiosk located just inside the Zoo to print your physical pass. No need to stand in line at the ticket windows. Walk right in!

How do blockout dates affect seasonal events?

Blockout dates may apply on some seasonal event nights for Pay for a Day ticket holders. An upgrade surcharge is available to gain entry on those select nights. Blockout dates do not apply to members. To guarantee entry to select seasonal events with limited capacity, Pay for a Day ticketholders are encouraged to secure reservations in advance. A $5 per ticketholder reservation fee would be reimbursed in the form of a voucher for use in the park at select dining and retail locations.

Still have questions? Email us or call (813) 935-8552 ext. 0.