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Jessica Peranteau

B.A., Kent State University

Office: Howard Hall , Room 136

Phone: 732-571-3447


Regularly Taught Courses:

Psychology of Animal Training


I have been an animal trainer of marine and exotic animals for the past 17 years, directly working with everything from boa constrictors to killer whales. Applying the same psychological principles of learning and behavior consistently among each species has been the most challenging but rewarding part of my career. I can honestly say that no two days are ever the same!

Research Interests:

Similarities between human/animal behavioral response; genesis of motivation; metabolic rate diversity in killer whales (Orcinus orca); successful acclimation and coexistence between diverse species, including predator/prey; effects of warm water kidney stone reduction on Asian small-clawed otters (Aonyx cinera).

Professional Associations:

International Marine Animal Trainers' Association (IMATA)

Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)