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Ken Ramirez

Animal Behavior, Training & Teaching

Ken Ramirez is the EVP and Chief Training Officer for Karen Pryor Clicker Training where he helps to oversee the vision, development, and implementation of training education programs.

Previously, Ken served as EVP of animal care and training at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. A 40+ year veteran of animal care and training, Ramirez is a biologist and behaviorist who has worked with many zoological organizations and dog programs throughout the world. He helped develop and has been an instructor for, AZA’s Animal Training Applications course.

He is the past president of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association and has been active in various leadership positions within IMATA for over 30 years. He hosted two successful seasons of the TV series Talk to the Animals. Ramirez authored the book ANIMAL TRAINING: Successful Animal Management through Positive Reinforcement in 1999 and most recently The Eye of the Trainer in 2020.

He taught a graduate course on animal training at Western Illinois University for 20 years. He currently teaches at ClickerExpo every year, offers hands-on courses and seminars at the Karen Pryor National Training Center (the Ranch), and teaches online courses through Karen Pryor Academy. Ken is active in conservation projects where he focuses on behavior solutions to challenges animals face in the wild and his projects have included species as diverse as sea turtles, polar bears, chimpanzees, elephants, and butterflies.

The Eye of The Trainer Book:

Follow Ken on IG: @ken_ramirez_kpct

Hands-on courses at The Ranch:

Monthly broadcast “Live from the Ranch”:

Karen Pryor Clicker Training:

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