The Trainers

Meet the Pack Leaders!

Zoomagination was started to inspire and influence people of all ages to protect the natural environment through close animal encounters. Their vibrant and warm personalities make it easy for others to share in their passion for animals.

Trainer - Robert Trejo

Meet Robert
Growing up with animals, it didn’t take Robert long to realize that he had a natural ability to relate to them and care for them. After rescuing and nursing several animals back to health, he knew that his passion for animals would soon become his focus in life.

He began his professional career with animals in 1987 as a volunteer at the zoo in his hometown of El Paso, Texas. While pursuing his career, he studied at the University of Texas in El Paso, majoring in biology. This Journey led him to SeaWorld San Antonio where he worked as a professional animal trainer and international animal ambassador for 15 years. Intermittently, Robert has also worked as a veterinary technician at local animal hospitals.

For over 20 years, Robert has worked with and trained countless animals including: small mammals, birds, reptiles and marine mammals such as dolphins, beluga whales, sea lions, walruses and otters. He has performed with animals in hundreds of shows for thousands of people. His career as an animal ambassador has given him the opportunity to experience first hand the impact that animals have on people, inspiring him to share his passion and love of animals through Zoomagination.

Meet Jennie
Jennifer Phillips brings her lifelong love for animals to Zoomagination. In college, Jennie discovered that she could combine her interest in psychology with her love for animals through animal training and her dream of becoming a dolphin trainer was born. Over the years, Jennie’s experience with animals broadened and her passion for teaching others about animals’ amazing characteristics increased.

Trainer - Jennie Phillips

Jennie’s sense of adventure inspired her to move from California to pursue a job in San Antonio as a bird trainer. During this time she had the opportunity to work with exotic birds from around the world including psittacines, birds of prey, hornbills, and cassowaries! Jennie wowed audiences with her knack for animal training and expressed an obvious passion for showering love and affection on the animals under her care.

Jennie followed her dream of training marine mammals to Orlando, Florida where she trained bottlenose dolphins at Discovery Cove. Jennie learned to balance the curiosity and excitement of the audience with the needs and comfort of the dolphins. She eventually returned to SeaWorld San Antonio where she was able to continue training marine mammals such as beluga whales, dolphins, and sea lions through shows and interaction programs. In her 13 years of animal training experience, Jennie has performed in countless shows, interactions and educational programs with a variety of animals.

After many years of training animals across the country, Jennifer has been thrilled to start Zoomagination where she can incorporate her experiences in animal training and shows and her degree in Business Management into wildlife education and outreach. She is excited to continue sharing her appreciation for animal life with others through fun and educational interactive programs.

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