BW Consultants: Bianca Papadopoulos

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Bianca has always had a passion for animals, and it was her dream from a young age to become an animal trainer. Bianca started her career in 2005 working with elephants and seals at Melbourne Zoo, Australia. Since then, Bianca has worked with a wide range of different species across all taxa at several facilities in Australia and has spent time volunteering at various marine parks and zoos in the US. In 2011, Bianca returned to Melbourne Zoo working with primates including gorillas, orangutans and gibbons. In 2017 Bianca was appointed as the inaugural Animal Training Coordinator at the zoo, where she manages the animal training programs for all species and helps coach and upskill the keepers in this space. The programs are designed to allow the animals the opportunity to be active participants in their own health care and improve their welfare. In 2015, she was successful in acquiring an international fellowship through the International Specialised Skills Institute to investigate world leading animal training applications and programs in a zoo setting. Through the fellowship she was able to attend animal training workshops, courses and conferences worldwide. During the fellowship, it directed her down the path of the science of behaviour change. Bianca works hard on continuing her learning journey and disseminating her learnings to help build skills to not only her direct colleagues but also to the broader zoo community in the Australasian region.

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Bianca Papadopoulos has worked with the following zoos on behavior science principles, practices and ethical considerations:

  • Endangered Primate Rescue Centre, Vietnam
  • Como Zoo
  • Gibbs Farm
  • Gumbuya World
  • Perth Zoo
  • Sea World, Gold Coast
  • Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program, Indonesia


Bianca Papadopoulos

Bianca Papadopoulos
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