Annette Pedersen

Annette Pedersen

Choice & Control at Copenhagen Zoo

When Choice took Control in Animal Management at Copenhagen Zoo

In 1987 positive reinforcement training took its first steps in Copenhagen Zoo. Since then it has grown to become a bigger and bigger part of the animal medical, husbandry and daily management training.

In this presentation we will take you through some of the challenges, impacts and unexpected benefits this choice and control based training have had on a variation of species – domestics and exotics, from insects to Elephants.


About Annette Pedersen:

Annette started working in Copenhagen Zoo in 1989 as a part of the Danish keepers’ education. After finishing her education in 1992, she got hired for the marine mammal section (Harbor Seals and California Sea lions), which also housed other animals like penguins, Malayan tapirs, barbirusa, etc. Here she helped developing the marine mammal training program until 2008, where she moved to the Elephant section working on transferring the Elephants from free contact to protected contact (PC). Later that same year she got the position as Animal Training Coordinator of Copenhagen Zoo.

Since 2008 her job has been to develop/expand the training skills of the keepers at Copenhagen Zoo, as well as managing animal behavior and training within a variety of species and challenges.

Since 2009 she helped develop the Danish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (DAZA) animal training course, which is still held once a year in Denmark. She serves the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) as Chair for the Animal Training Working Group and as member of the Animal Welfare Working group. She is also an instructor for the EAZA animal training courses under the EAZA Academy. 2014-2016 served on the board of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA), and today serves as ABMA EU liaison helping planning another European ABMA conference in 2020 in Beekse Bergen, Holland!





Copenhagen Zoo




ABMA annual conference 2020



Listen to a podcast with Annette Pedersen by ccc2019 partner Animal Training Academy!