A former animal trainer at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan, Josh Ruffell spent seven years as Curator of Reptiles at Australia Zoo in Queensland. Before launching his career as an animal trainer, Josh Ruffell graduated the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program at Moorpark College in California.
The Exotic Animal Training and Management Program trains students at America’s Teaching Zoo, an affiliated entity also in Moorpark, California. In addition to training students, America’s Teaching Zoo welcomes guests to special events and activities.
In February 2017, America’s Teaching Zoo will celebrate the third birthday of Ira the lion, known affectionately as “King of the Campus.” All visitors will receive a slice of birthday cake to commemorate the event, while children will have the opportunity to make crowns. In late March and early April, the zoo will host its annual Spring Spectacular. Produced by students at America’s Teaching Zoo, the Spring Spectacular weekends play host to a kids zone, VIP tours, and special guest animal celebrities.