You can’t tell anyone to be curious, you can show them, you can inspire them, and you can lead with humility and grace
That’s what Dani Poirier Larson of the Southwick Zoo shows, the spirit she embodies and shows her team. Dani’s words are so powerful and ring so true for a behavior enthusiast who wants to engage with the human and animal world around us as well as feel the fire of the enthusiasm of the team an audience around us.
We talk about some incredibly powerful concepts and the way that Dani has taken on some incredibly challenging animal behavior.
We talk macaw training, kookaburras, corvid challenges, and mental health. Tangents include nervous habits and the Nashville Zoo behavior team.
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