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Who We Are

We are an international animal training and behaviour consultancy. A leader in behaviour modification and team communication for animal care professionals, we work with zoological collections and animal facilities across the world to improve team performance, training systems and animal welfare, using positive reinforcement. We make small changes in the team, the organisation and the animals to help them reach their full potential.

What We Do

We offer workshops, seminars, practical sessions, one on one support, webinars and bespoke team and animal training assessments. We provide a creative and simple way of thinking, always putting the focus on animal welfare. Through empowering presentations and workshops, we motivate your workforce, improve their skillset and bring about positive change in your organisation.

Why ZooSpensefull? 

We give another perspective on how we can have a positive effect on the animals we work with. What makes us different is our creative and open mind, which allows us to think outside the box.

Peter Giljam

Peter Giljam

Founder / Lead Consultant

Peter is proficient in operant conditioning methodology and through his teaching you are bound to feel motivated and inspired to take on your next training project challenge.

Grant Kother

Senior Consultant

Grant brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the company, and a passion for changing the way people perceive captive animal husbandry.

Michael Hepher

Consultant

Michael's extensive hoofstock training experience makes him a valuable asset to Zoospensefull, bringing a unique perspective to the already diverse skillset of the team.

Elias Koronis

Communications Manager

Elias brings 18 years of marketing and communications experience in the public, non-profit, higher education and private sectors.

Wessel van Sante

Wessel van Sante

Finance / Technical support

Rinske van Sante

Executive PA / Graphic Design

Blog

Reinforce the Aggressor

Aggression is a natural and common behaviour in animals. There are many reasons why animals demonstrate aggressive behaviour to conspecifics or even towards us. When should we take action as caretakers and what is the reason Read more…

Shapes & Colours!

Cover Photo: Kirstin Anderson Hanson – Shape training with Cormorants Website: www.sdu.dk Training animals to understand shapes can be a very useful behaviour. We can make our training sessions more fun and interesting for our Read more…

Our Clients

See what our clients are saying about us

Louise McKenna

Team Leader Brooklands Zoo, NZ

Just spent 2 days learning animal training the ZooSpensefull way! It was such a valuable 2 days! Easy to understand presentation style, with a strong emphasis on establishing and maintaining simple but strong foundation behaviours. Our team came away feeling inspired, energised and excited to move forward with their training, which will directly enhance our animals welfare. Thank you Zoospensefull for a great 2 days!

Grey Stafford, PhD

Author of ZOOmility & Host of the weekly podcast, Zoo Logic, U.S.A

I first met Peter while we served together on the executive board of the International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association (IMATA). He brings the same energy, behavioural expertse, and sense of curiosity to the Zoospensefull team. Zoo and animal professionals around the world have benefitted from their informative website and training workshops.

Sarah Chirico-Wyss

zoological director at Namsskogan Family park.

Namsskogan Family park was lucky to be part of a research project on training wolves where ZooSpensefull was involved. Peter helped us to get a good start with a training method which was new for us. That was so inspiring that we visited him at Kolmården in Sweden. He managed to change the zookeepers mindset within few sessions and get them engaged in positive animal training. Peter's dedication and passion for his job is unique and rarely seen. He is a very good teacher and coach and fluent in several languages which makes communication very easy. His positive mindset is contagious and he is extremely good in including everyone in the training thoughts. We decided to book him as a consultant for building up the training system in our park and are looking very much forward to starting that collaboration. We can also highly recommend him for training pets.