Instructor ― Barbara Heidenreich

Barbara Heidenreich has been a professional in the field of animal training since 1990.

She owns and operates a company, Good Bird, Inc., ( that provides behavior and training products to the companion parrot community. These products include Good Bird Magazine, books, videos, and training/behavior workshops. She is the author of "Good Bird! A Guide to Solving Behavior Problems in Companion Parrots" by Avian Publications and also "The Parrot Problem Solver. Finding Solutions to Aggressive Behavior" by TFH Publications. She is also the producer of the Good Bird Parrot Behavior and Training DVD series. She is the past president of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (

Barbara's experience also includes consulting on animal training in zoos and other animal related facilities. She has been a part of the development and production of more than 15 different free flight education programs. Barbara continues to provide consulting services to zoos, nature centers and other animal facilities through her other company Animal Training and Consulting Services (

In her career Barbara has trained animals, trained staff, and/or presented shows at facilities around the world, including the following:

  • Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Dallas World Aquarium
  • Dallas Zoo
  • Tautphaus Park Zoo
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Caldwell Zoo
  • John Ball Zoo
  • State Fair of Texas
  • Disney's Discovery Island
  • Marine World Africa USA
  • Toledo Zoological Gardens
  • Gulf Park Marine World
  • Perth Zoo in Australia
  • Ocean Park in Hong Kong
  • Umgeni River Bird Park in South Africa
  • Africam Safari in Puebla Mexico
  • Vallarta Adventures in Puerto Vallarta Mexico
  • Earth Rangers in Canada
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