Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched: Life and Lessons at the World's Premier School for Exotic Animal Trainers

Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched: Life and Lessons at the World's Premier School for Exotic Animal Trainers

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by Amy Sutherland
     
 

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A rare and absolutely enchanting look inside the Harvard of wild animal wranglers

As is obvious to anyone who has read her most e-mailed New York Times article of 2006, ?What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage,? Amy Sutherland knows a thing or two about animals. In Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched, she takes readers behind the gates ofSee more details below

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A rare and absolutely enchanting look inside the Harvard of wild animal wranglers

As is obvious to anyone who has read her most e-mailed New York Times article of 2006, ?What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage,? Amy Sutherland knows a thing or two about animals. In Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched, she takes readers behind the gates of Moorpark Community College, where students are taught such skills as how to train a hyena to pirouette and coax a tiger to open wide for a vet exam. As she follows the faculty, student body, and four- footed teaching aides at Moorpark's Exotic Animal Training and Management program, Sutherland produces a true walk on the wild side, filled with wonder, comedy, occasional heartache, and transcendent beauty.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
Anyone who reads [this book] will never view animals in quite the same way again.
The Christian Science Monitor
If you've ever dreamed of swimming with dolphins, dancing with wolves, or walking a cheetah on a leash, then this is the book for you.
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
… Sutherland's book does showcase the importance of training in a world where wild places are quickly disappearing and many species may soon exist only in captivity.
— The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Graduates of the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program at California's Moorpark College land jobs in prestigious zoos, animal sanctuaries and research facilities, and they can be found in high-profile positions in Hollywood studios, the U.S. Navy and the organization Guide Dogs for the Blind. Sutherland (Cookoff: Recipe Fever in America) chronicles the intriguing year she spent with students at this "Harvard for exotic animal trainers," accompanying the "first years" as they interact with the exotic and not-so-exotic animals in the teaching zoo-including baboons, cougars, servals, wolves, tortoises, snakes and rats. She attends classes in the rigorous academic program, goes to training sessions where the students learn to communicate with, rather than dominate, the animals, and discovers that the school is no place for anyone who thinks animals are cute: students may be attacked by emus, kicked by mule deer or backed into corners by camels. There is, however, much friction among the students, especially with the "second years." Sutherland observes that people who relate well to animals don't always relate well to other people, and this theme makes the book a fascinating study in human as well as animal behavior. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Who trains the animals that star in Disney movies, the dolphins that dance at Sea World, and the guide dogs that lead the blind? Mainly, it's the (mostly female) graduates of the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program (EATM) at Moorpark College in California, the premier school for animal trainers. Journalist Sutherland (Cookoff) spent a year observing this associate degree program, following the students through their grueling 16-hour days as they cleaned excrement from cages, prepared special diets, memorized species' Latin names, and trained rats. She explains the positive, reward-based training methods taught at EATM pioneered by Karen Pryor (Lads Before the Wind: Adventures in Porpoise Training), which are improving the lives of captive animals. This fascinating account of these dedicated students-whose mantra is "The animals come first"-is recommended for career collections in public libraries and for academic libraries serving institutions with programs in animal behavior, veterinary technology, and preveterinary medicine.-Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Anyone who reads [this book] will never view animals in quite the same way again. (Los Angeles Times)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101218822
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
751,907
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Anyone who reads [this book] will never view animals in quite the same way again. (Los Angeles Times)

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