Robin Shewokis is the owner of The Leather Elves. The Leather Elves started as a family business that created enrichment for companion parrots. After working with several facilities that housed collections of parrots Robin realized that there was a need for enrichment targeting other species. Since then Robin has consulted at zoos in the US, Canada, Holland, and New Zealand and distributes enrichment products worldwide. Robin has consulting at facilities where she works with keepers doing workshops and assisting in creating enrichment programs. In addition she presents each facility with a full report of their enrichment programming and offers kudos for innovative opportunities and suggestions for enhancing the current structure.
In the companion parrot community Robin has spoken at numerous parrot clubs and conducted workshops that help companion bird owners, and aviculturists create a stimulating captive environment. Robin has published articles on enrichment in national and international publications.
Each summer for the past 5 years Robin has worked with Sid Price, owner of Avian Ambassadors in New Mexico to present a Raptor Handling course. Participants in this class learn the basics of the science of training, raptor enrichment and basic raptor handling with hands on experience.
Passionate about conservation, Robin has supported Blue Throated Macaw conservation through the Bird Endowment and World Parrot Trust as well as Kakapo conservation through The Kakapo Recovery Programme. A visit to New Zealand and the opportunity to hold a kakapo chick sold Robin on the flightless green parrot!
Robin is president of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators and advises their enrichment committee. She is also serves on the board of National Parrot Rescue and Preservation Foundation. In addition, Robin is a commercial member of the American Federation of Aviculture and the Massachusetts State Coordinator for AFA.
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Zoologist, animal behaviorist, and wildlife educator Karl Anderson has been doing wildlife presentations for schools, libraries, children’s hospitals, and nursing homes for over 25 years in Oregon, Washington, California, and Maryland.
Formally educated at California State University, Los Angeles, he holds degrees in zoology and journalism.
He was a keynote speaker for coast-to-coast shows for Animal Planet in Florida, Washington, D.C., Colorado, and California, and has made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, KCAL Channel 9 News, The Magic Hour, Good Day L.A., Home and Family, and several other shows.
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