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Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched: Life and Lessons at the World's Premier School for Exotic Animal Trainers

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An invitation into the magical, grueling, and virtually unknown world of exotic animal training

Behind the imposing gate of the Exotic Animal Training Program at California's Moorpark College lies a kingdom full of small mysteries, deep passions, and a camel that shoots hoops. Each year a select group of students descends on this teaching zoo to learn an improbable talent: how to communicate with animals. The only school of its kind, Moorpark pushes the limits of all the enrolled as they master hundreds of Latin species names and zoonotic diseases, all while hosing down cages at dawn and noting that Zulu the mandrill takes his morning juice in a paper cup — never plastic. The alumni of this elite program hold the most coveted positions at the world's finest zoos, aquariums, and sanctuaries. They are also the trainers who work in television and film, bringing Moorpark's enlightened methods to the business of animals for hire.

Author Amy Sutherland returns with the same impassioned voice that made her debut, Cookoff, such a delight. Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched is a fascinating look at a little-known profession for animal lovers everywhere.

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A rare and absolutely enchanting look inside the Harvard of wild animal wranglers

As is obvious to anyone who has read her most e-mailed New York Times article of 2006, ?What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage,? Amy Sutherland knows a thing or two about animals. In Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched, she takes readers behind the gates of Moorpark Community College, where students are taught such skills as how to train a hyena to pirouette and coax a tiger to open wide for a vet exam. As she follows the faculty, student body, and four- footed teaching aides at Moorpark?s Exotic Animal Training and Management program, Sutherland produces a true walk on the wild side, filled with wonder, comedy, occasional heartache, and transcendent beauty.

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The author of "Cookoff" pens an invitation to the magical, grueling, and virtually unknown world of exotic animal training in this look at a world premier school at Californias Moorpark College.

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Amy Sutherland is the author of Cookoff: Recipe Fever in America.

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darg, December 11, 2009 (view all comments by darg)
Ms. Sutherland does describe life at the compound pretty well, although she seems to enjoy using slang and generally crass wording, giving the impression that she is try too hard to be "cool" or catering to teen readers. The book would be much more enjoyable if she had used the correct terms, but in some ways that very affectation highlights the biggest shortcoming of the program - that the graduates are not yet educated enough to segue into upper level positions at the higher quality institutions.

As a graduate of EATM, the University of California and a professional in the animal business, I can vouch for her getting most of her facts correct.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143111948
Author:
Sutherland, Amy
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Subject:
Vocational Guidance
Subject:
Animal trainers.
Subject:
Moorpark College
Subject:
Animal trainers - Vocational guidance -
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Nature Studies-Zoology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.44x5.54x.72 in. .67 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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A rare and absolutely enchanting look inside the Harvard of wild animal wranglers

As is obvious to anyone who has read her most e-mailed New York Times article of 2006, ?What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage,? Amy Sutherland knows a thing or two about animals. In Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched, she takes readers behind the gates of Moorpark Community College, where students are taught such skills as how to train a hyena to pirouette and coax a tiger to open wide for a vet exam. As she follows the faculty, student body, and four- footed teaching aides at Moorpark?s Exotic Animal Training and Management program, Sutherland produces a true walk on the wild side, filled with wonder, comedy, occasional heartache, and transcendent beauty.

"Synopsis" by , The author of "Cookoff" pens an invitation to the magical, grueling, and virtually unknown world of exotic animal training in this look at a world premier school at Californias Moorpark College.
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