If I can't help you, its likely one of my friends can
Ken Ramirez - Executive vice-president of animal care and animal training at Shedd Aquarium. Animal behaviourist, consultant to zoos, aquariums, search and rescue dog organizations, service dog groups, and bomb and narcotic dogs. International trainer in animal training and past President of IMATA. Author of Animal Training: Successful Animal Management through Positive Reinforcement.
Julie Scardina - Animal Ambassador for SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove. Professional animal trainer and educator regularly appearing on US TV, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Board member of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. Author, with Jeff Flocken, of Wildilfe Heroes.
Steve Martin - Director of Natural Encounters (NEI) and world renowned animal trainer. Consultant on zoo-wide animal behavior issues and teacher of the art and science of animal training and visitor experience. Bird behavioural expert.
Marty MacPhee: Curator of Behavioral Husbandry at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Instructor for three AZA courses including Managing Animal Enrichment and Training Course. With Jill Mellen, developed the teaching and framework for Disney's Animal Programs in enrichment and training.
Dr Jill Mellen: Education and Science Director at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Past Chair of the AZA Board of Ethics, past co-chair of Felid Taxon Advisory Group. With Marty MacPhee, developed the teaching and framework for Disney's Animal Programs in enrichment and training. Co-editor of Second Nature, about Environmental Enrichment.
Dr Hannah Buchanan-Smith - Primate behaviour, cognition and welfare scientist. Core member of the Scottish Primate Research Group, member of the BIAZA Research Group and Animal Welfare sub-group, and member of the Blair Drummond Ethics Committee. She promotes the welfare of animals housed in captivity through lecturing, courses and open-access websites.
Dr Jonathan Balcombe - Department Chair for Animal Studies with the Humane Society University. Frequently published scientist on animal behavior and animal protection. Author of four books including Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals and Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good.
Dr Rachael Miller - Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. PhD in Cognitive Biology at University of Vienna, specializing in avian cognition. MSc in Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology from University of St Andrews and MA in Psychology from University of Glasgow.
Dr Betsy Herrelko - Primate cognitive ethologist. Researcher and presenter of the Chimp Cam Project. National Zoo, Washington DC.
Sally Sherwen - PhD candidate in Zoo animal welfare research with the Animal Welfare Science Centre, Australia.
Dr Malu Celli - Curator of Animals at the Calgary Zoo, Canada. PhD in primate cognition from University, Japan.
Martina Schiestl - Animal Trainer at the University Vienna, co-ordinator of training for research for a variety of vertebrate species, focusing on birds and domestic animals. Masters degree from the University of Vienna in Cognitive and Behavioral Biology. Works in zoos across Europe on projects focusing on wild birds, particularly corvids.
Sabrina Brando - Consultant in animal care, welfare and rights, working in zoos, marine parks, animal shelters, government facilities, research laboratories and wildlife sanctuaries. Trainer in animal care, welfare, enrichment, training and behaviour, the human-animal bond, and animal learning.
Peter Dickinson - International independent zoo consultant, critic and writer. Curator of penguins at Ski Dubai. He has visited over 200 zoos and writes about these in his blog Zoo News Digest.
Geoff Hosey -
Jon Coe - Pioneer and multi award-winning zoo designer and landscape architect. Founding Principal of CLRdesign (USA) and Jon Coe Design (Aust) with over 160 design and planing projects for over 80 zoos, aquariums and theme parks in thirteen countries. Since 2009, consultant for the United Nations Environment Program (Afghanistan) for environmental planning, sustainable rural development and eco-based disaster risk reduction.
Stacey Tarpley - Zoological planner with PGAV Destinations, USA. Author of 'Zoo Designs' blog.
Rachel Lowry - Pioneering visionary in Conservation Marketing and Public Engagement in conservation. Director of Wildlife Conservation and Science at Zoos Victoria, Australia and President of the International Zoo Educators Association.
Dr John Lewis - Founder and veterinary director of Wildlife Vets International, member of the IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group, and veterinary adviser to the Amur leopard and tiger Endangered Species Breeding Programme (EEP). Trustee of the charity AMUR, widely published on veterinary aspects of non-domestic medicine and specialist in the captive care and medicine of large cats.
Kim Millburn - Hearing and assistance dogs
Sydney Sans: Marine Mammals, enrichment research
Valerie Greene: Marine Mammals
Cassie Richards: Marine Mammals
Lauren Ayres: Marine and terrestrial mammals
Jenny Hudson: Marine Mammals
Terri Hill: Equids, horse aromatherapy, equine enrichment
Nikki Morrison: Penguins, marine mammals
Dr Georgina Cole: Zoo and wildlife veterinarian at Johannesburg Zoo.
Dr Holly Mash: Specialist in complementary medicine for pets. Trainer for and UK representative of the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapy. Author of The Holistic Dog.
Adina Valentine: Zoo and wildlife vet nurse, specializing in bear health and rehabilitation with Animals Asia.
Heroes I'm Yet to Meet:
Professor Emeritus Marc Bekoff - Former Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Recipient of the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Marc has written more than 800 articles, numerous books, and has edited three encyclopedias
Revd Professor Andrew Linzey - Founder and director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford, and Honorary Research Fellow of St Stephen’s House, Oxford. Author or editor of 20 books and more than 100 articles. Awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree by the Archbishop of Canterbury in recognition of his ‘unique and massive pioneering work at a scholarly level in the area of the theology of creation with particular reference to the rights and welfare of God’s sentient creatures’.
Dr Temple Grandin - Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, bestselling author, autistic activist, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behaviour. Pioneer in animal mind understanding.
Dr Jill Robinson (MBE) - Founder of Animals Asia Foundation, devoted to ending the barbaric practice of bear bile farming and improving the welfare of animals in China and Vietnam.
Saba Douglas-Hamilton - Save the Elephants, wildlife film-maker, Future for Nature board member
Kevin Richardson - lion 'whisperer' and champion of carnivores
Dr Jane Goodall - primatologist and Conservation Hero