Title: Supervisor of Marine Mammals

Hometown: Georgia

Hobbies/Favorite Past Times: Yoga, reading, going to the beach, listening to music, talking with good friends, and visiting with my family!

Bio:

“I grew up in a very small town in Georgia on an old working farm with cows.  I went to Georgia College & State University where I received my B.S. in Psychology.  For as long as I can remember I said I would work with dolphins!  After college I did a couple of internships at various places, looking to find a place that fit me.  I was hired after my internship at Dolphins Plus in Key Largo, FL in 2004.  Dolphins Plus is a deep-water interaction facility where I gained most of my knowledge of training and caring for marine mammals.  In 2011, I began working for CMA as the Supervisor of Marine Mammals.”

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Name: Emily

Title: Associate Marine Mammal Trainer

Education: Bachelor’s in history and government, Associate’s of science in zookeeping technology

Bio: Hi my name is Emily, and I’m an associate marine mammal trainer here at CMA. My background was originally in zookeeping. After getting my bachelor’s degree in history, I went back to school for an associates degree in zookeeping technology. While studying for that degree, I started volunteering in the elephant barn at the local zoo and eventually got hired first as a seasonal animal keeper, then as a relief keeper for all the animal areas in the zoo. I worked primarily with big cats, bears, primates, small mammals, and some birds and reptiles.  I then accepted a position as an elephant keeper at another facility where I helped care for one bull elephant and two females in a mostly free contact handling system. Although I liked the animals very much, I found that the free contact handling system was not for me, and decided to try for an internship with marine mammals at CMA, where one of my fellow elephant keepers had interned and volunteered. I moved out to Florida to do my internship, continued as a volunteer afterwards, and recently got hired on as staff working with these amazing animals!

Name:

Abby

Title:

Senior Trainer

Education:

B.A. in Psychology

Bio:

“In 1996-1997 while attending high school, I completed my first internship in Animal Care at CMA. I continued as a volunteer and become a member of the Marine Mammal Stranding Team. In 1998, I was accepted for the Marine Mammal Internship and started my first year at Eckerd College. Again, I continued to volunteer full time until I was offered temporary, part-time work in 2000. In May of 2002, I graduated with a B.A. in psychology and was offered a full-time position as a trainer at CMA.”

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Name:

Maxi

Title:

Marine Mammal Trainer

Hometown:

Füssen, Germany

Hobbies/Favorite Past Times:

skateboarding, skimboarding, longboarding, snowboarding, photography

Bio:

“Let’s see. I first got the idea in my head of how training dolphins would be a pretty rad job when I took my nephew to CMA back in the day. I noticed they had a volunteer program so I joined in September 2006. I did a work shadow for the summer with our old director of animal care in the stranding department in 2008 and I got hired on as staff with Marine Mammals in October 2010 to help with the filming of the movie. Pretty lucky I suppose! I have a bachelor of science in Biology with a minor in Environmental Policy from the University of South Florida, where I graduated from in May 2010.”

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