Elevating Elephant Programs with Gerry Creighton

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Episode - 21  December 2020

Host: Barbara Heidenreich

Guests: Gerry Creighton

Elephants have captured the hearts of mankind for centuries, including the heart of Gerry Creighton, Operations Manager for Dublin Zoo and Elephant Care Consultant. As a consultant, Gerry has traveled the world bringing innovation, backed by science to create elephant programs that thrive. Gerry looks to the ethology of the species for inspiration and creating opportunities for elephants to learn from elephants. However implementing this requires a different approach to day-to-day care, herd structure and human interactions than may have been traditionally provided in past. The results of this work, numerous studies and the data are revealing tremendous positive impacts on animal welfare. Gerry’s passion for elephants and animal welfare is infectious, and the Dublin Zoo’s elephant program is an excellent example of what is possible. What an inspiring guest!

Contact Gerry Creighton: Gerry@globalelephantcare.com

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Heidenreich, B. (Producer/Writer). (2020, December). Elevating Elephant Programs with Gerry Creighton. [Audio Podcast]. Animal Training Fundamentals with Barbara Heidenreich.https://animaltrainingfundamentals.com/podcasts/elevating-elephant-programs-with-gerry-creighton/

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Guest Bio:

Gerry  Creighton

Gerry Creighton has worked in Dublin Zoo since 1983, starting as a trainee keeper, before becoming a full time zoo keeper in 1986. He subsequently worked as Team Leader responsible for large apes, carnivores and elephants for nearly ten years before becoming Zoo Operations Manager for animals and grounds in 2009. Gerry also holds an advisory role acting as elephant consultant for many international zoos, within Europe, Asia and North America. Gerry’s career has spanned several decades of exciting development, during which time Dublin Zoo has transformed from its Victorian beginnings in 1831 into a modern, vital and progressive European centre for conservation, education and animal husbandry.

Contact Gerry Creighton: Gerry@globalelephantcare.com

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