Megan - Supervisor of Animal Training

 
 
Megan - Supervisor of Animal Training

I started training wolves here at Busch Gardens in April 2005. The other trainers and I work with seven Gray Wolves.

Working with wolves was really just a fortuitous coincidence for me. When I was in college, I was preparing to go to Veterinary School. All I knew at that point was that I wanted to work with exotic and wild animals. One of the things I did to prepare myself was an internship at a non-profit wolf education and conservation facility called Wolf Park. At the time, I did not intend to work with wolves; I mainly just wanted experience with any non-domestic animals. When I realized that animal medicine did not interest me as much as animal behavior, I started looking into animal training. During my job search, about two years after my internship, there was a posting for a Wolf Trainer position. It seemed perfect. I had the wolf experience, I wanted the training experience, and it was entry level. It just goes to show you that you never know when your random experiences with animals might come in handy. I've been here at Busch Gardens ever since.

The best part of my job is watching an animal be successful.  When the "light bulb" goes off for one of the wolves, when they improve at something they have been having trouble with, when you think maybe they are not going to succeed and then they surprise you, those are the best moments. Frequently, I will actually cheer out loud.