Michael Scott Trauger (MichaelTrauger)

Michael Scott Trauger (MichaelTrauger)
Natural Encounters, Inc.
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Scott was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida.  He received his Associates of Arts from the University of North Florida with a focus in Nursing, but later chose to relocate to the University of South Florida in Tampa where he received his Bachelor of Science in Television Production.

In 2006, while looking for a summer job between semesters, he was hired onto staff at Busch Gardens Tampa that would set his animal based career path in motion.  Over the years since that time, he has had the opportunity to work for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo (now Zoo Tampa), and now Natural Encounters, Inc.  During his time with NEI, he has been able to work at The Ranch facility, participate in the development and production of a trial pilot show, and participate in two different free-flight bird shows at a large animal-based theme park in central Florida.

Scott is a professional member of IAATE, as well as the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA), the later of which he has served as the Honors and Awards Co-Chair, as well as President, Vice President, and Director at Large on the Executive Board. He has presented several times at conferences and he won the Behavior Management Innovation Award at the 2013 ABMA annual conference for his presentation about the Macaw Flyover project in Tampa.  He has also published articles in the IAATE, ABMA, and AAZK magazines.  In his spare time, or at work between shows, you can often find Scott engaging in his second passion, singing.