Grey Stafford

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Grey Stafford
Born New York, U.S.
Occupation Animal Trainer; Behaviorist; Spokesperson; Author
Spouse(s) Karen Balogh Stafford

Grey Stafford is an animal trainer, zoologist, educator, and currently the Director of Conservation at the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium in Phoenix, AZ. He is also a spokesperson for the zoo and aquarium industry and has been featured on nationally televised programs.

Grey is also the author of Zoomility: Keeper Tales of Training with Positive Reinforcement. His mentor, Jack Hanna, wrote the book's foreword.[1][2][3]

Early years[edit]

Grey was raised in Cleveland, Ohio and began his animal training career as a marine mammal trainer at SeaWorld of Ohio under the auspices of acclaimed animal trainers Thad Lacinak and Ted Turner.


He holds a PhD granted by the Department of Biological Sciences at Kent State University.


Grey serves as the Director of Conservation at the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium in Phoenix and appears regularly as a guest animal expert on "Fox 10 Arizona Morning,"[4] Good Morning Arizona and Your Life A to Z. He is a zoo spokesperson[5] and has helped feature animals on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Larry King Live, Martha Stewart, Rosie O'Donnell, Good Morning America and Weekend Extra. He has also been featured on the Sci Fi Channel.

Professional Service[edit]

Stafford also serves on the editorial advisory board for the International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA),[6] and on an advisory committee for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).[7]


Grey serves as an expert commentator regarding captive animal issues for national and international media outlets. On July 30, 2010 he was interviewed by CNN HLN concerning the fatal grizzly bear attacks in Montana.[8][9]

In 2013, he was selected along with his colleague William Hurley IV to serve as a guest panelist for a critique of the controversial docudrama Blackfish (film) for CNN.[10][11]


  1. ^ Library of Congress LCCN Permalink 2007929349. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
  2. ^ Grey Stafford, PhD. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
  3. ^ "Zoo helps animals help themselves". 2010-09-23. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  4. ^ FOX 10 Arizona Morning – Wildlife World Zoo – myFOX Phoenix. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
  5. ^ Dr. Grey Stafford Interview. Charisma On Camera. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
  6. ^ IMATA. IMATA (January 1, 2010). Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
  7. ^ iReinforce presents Zoomility | About Grey Stafford Archived May 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
  8. ^ Grizzly euthanized after fatal mauling that perplexes experts. CNN (July 30, 2010). Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
  9. ^ "Video - Breaking News Videos from". Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  10. ^ "Crossfire: Tim Zimmermann & Grey Stafford debate animal captivity (part2/3)". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  11. ^ "Zoologist explains benefits of orcas captivity - Video". 2014-03-07. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 

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