“Wildlife” Wendy Horton is a professional animal trainer based in Los Angeles, California. Since 1990, Wendy has been working with a variety of exotic animals such as marine mammals, big cats, primates, hoofstock, reptiles and birds.
An Ohio 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 Point’s Oceana Show in Sandusky, Ohio.
Wendy 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 California’s Six Flags Magic Mountain and New England’s 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, ABC’s Grace Under Fire, Disney’s Even Stevens, Nickelodeon’s Brothers Garcia as well as Petco, Maaco, AmericanTouristor and Volkswagen commercials.
Being 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 six birds in the act and is still growing. 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 bird’s ancestors call home.
Wendy 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, Pet Star, Soap Talk, Hallmark Channel’s McBride and The KTLA Morning News.
Wendy will be performing in the midway area of the fair at 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm