Wendy & her Tropical
was not quite what you would call refined.
was not what you would call unrefined,
was the kind of person that keeps a parrot."
~ Mark Twain
Horton is a professional animal trainer based in Los Angeles, CA. Since
1990, Wendy has been working with a variety of exotic animals such
as marine mammals, big cats, primates, hoofstock, reptiles and birds.
native, Wendy first aspired to become a television personality and
was anchoring the morning news in Bucyrus, Ohio at the age of 20! Extensive
feature reporting about animals led Wendy to become a dolphin handler
and performer at Cedar Pointís Oceana Show in Sandusky, Ohio.
was then accepted to the highly acclaimed Moorpark College Teaching
Zoo in Southern California. She earned her degree in exotic animal
training and management specializing in wildlife education. Wendy
continued performing in animal shows across the country including
Californiaís Six Flags Magic Mountain and New Englandís
Riverside Park. In addition to performing, Wendy has trained
exotic and domestic species for the television and film industry
including the feature film Being John Malkovich, ABCís Grace
Under Fire, Disneyís Even Stevens, Nickelodeonís Brothers
Garcia as well as Petco, Maaco, GMC and Geico commercials.
fortunate to have worked with all varieties of animals, Wendy could
not deny her passion for parrots and in 1995 she decided to produce
her own show. With four birds under her wing, Wendy was on
her way with the goal to create experiences abound! Today,
Wendy has seven birds in the act and performs with her husband, Steve Talmon. As entertaining
as the birds are, Wendy mixes fun with fact, striving to bring awareness
and appreciation for feathered creatures, as well as the endangered
rainforests where the birdís ancestors call home.
Horton and her tropical birds have performed for State & County
fairs, School and library programs, as well as on television shows
such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Ellen Degeners, Animal Planet's Pet Star, Soap Talk, Hallmark
Channelís McBride and Discovery Kid's Hip Hop Harry.