ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Grey Stafford is the author of the pet training book, ZOOmility: Keeper Tales of Training with Positive Reinforcement. Animal Adventurer Jungle Jack Hanna wrote the book's foreword. ZOOmility was featured during Grey's recent appearance on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Grey has also appeared on news shows on CNN's HLN including Prime News and Issues with JVM to debate the importance of zoological parks and the benefits of training with positive reinforcement.
Growing up in Cleveland, Grey started his zoological career as a marine mammal trainer at place once called SeaWorld of Ohio. Over the next several years, he learned to train and present dolphins, killer whales, sea lions, walrus, and otters to thousands of spectators under the direction of well-known trainers that included Ted Turner and Thad Lacinak.
Grey with one of his charges at Dolphin Quest
Hoping to one day bridge the gap between the behavioral and biological sciences, Grey later completed his doctoral research in reproductive and environmental physiology at Kent State University studying New World primates. It was during this time that he began offering training seminars and workshops on the use of positive reinforcement in cities across the U.S. To date, Grey has held seminars in Houston, Cleveland, Chicago, San Diego, Saskatoon, Baltimore, Central California and more.
In 1996, Grey was invited to speak at the annual conference of the Association of Pet Dog trainers (APDT) held in Phoenix, Ariz., on the subject of proactive aggression management using positive reinforcement. A year later, Grey was again invited to speak to the APDT in Memphis, Tenn. In 2008, he again was invited to speak at the annual conference in Louisville, KY.
After earning his doctoral degree, he found himself back on stage training, presenting, and caring for a whole new world of terrestrial and avian species, first as Curator of Education at Wildlife World Zoo and later as Director of Animal Management for Dolphin Quest.
Talk-show host Jay Leno feeds one of Grey's favorites.
Today, having returned to the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium as Director of Conservation, Grey appears on television several times each week promoting wild animals and positive reinforcement training on KPHO, KSAZ and KTVK. He particularly enjoys fielding viewer pet training questions on KTVK several times each month.
He has made contributions to nationally broadcast shows including: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Larry King Live, Martha Stewart, Rosie O'Donnell, Good Morning America and Extra.
Grey serves on the editorial advisory board for the International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA), and is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). He has presented papers at conferences at each of these professional organizations and has served as an editor for the behavioral glossary posted on IMATA.org.
Working with so many different species, you never know what might be taking up residence with Grey, his wife Karen, their Italian Greyhound mix, "Venti" and GSD "Nia."