Josh Ruffell

Animal Trainer and Wildlife Consultant in Los Angeles

An experienced wildlife professional and animal trainer, Josh Ruffell has had a strong fascination with reptiles since his teenage years, when he kept a ball python as a pet. After high school, he studied biology at Salem State College in Massachusetts and completed a two-year certificate program in exotic animal training and management at Moorpark College in California. The Moorpark program gave Josh Ruffell the opportunity to train and care for wild animals including a black leopard, rhesus macaque, olive baboon, dromedary camel, and double yellow-headed Amazon parrot. 

Over his career, Josh Ruffell has served as an animal trainer with major film and television companies, and continues to work with companies to provide animals for various productions. He has also served as a consultant with the Survivor television series and a curator with the Australia Zoo. Currently a freelance trainer and consultant, Mr. Ruffell works with several different companies that provide animals for films and television programs.

Moorpark, CA, US

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Oct 1, 2016 - Present

Animal Trainer/Consultant
Freelance Animal Trainer/Animal Consultant  

Oct 1, 2016 - Present

Animal Trainer
Jules Sylvesters Reptile Rentals Inc.  

Apr 1, 2013 - Nov 1, 2015

Assistant Curator
Australia Zoo  


Aug 1, 1997 - May 1, 1999

Moorpark College 

Jul 1, 1996 - May 1, 1997

Biology and General Education
Salem State College 

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