Dan's compassion for sharing his gifts with others began at the age of 13 when he was given a platform to perform freelance magic at his local library in Hoopeston IL. Between academics and sports he worked with livestock such as  sheep, hogs and horses as well as farmed corn and beans.

Now, a graduate of the Moorpark College Exotic Animal Training and Management Program in Moorpark, California he still works with animals and still shares his gifts on stage.

During an apprenticeship at Going Ape in Auburn, California he cared for fourteen chimpanzees and one orangutan. During this time Dan also volunteered at a non-profit organization called Wild Things, Wildlife Assemblies.

He also occasionally freelanced for Animals In Action of Los Angeles, where he gained experience with an African elephant, Bengal tiger, and pygmy hippopotamus.

Before the birth of Wild Animal Encounters, Inc. Dan worked for a short time at Silver Springs Attractions while also assisting in the catch-up and relocation of twenty-five crocodilians representing eleven species. He also worked with several species of raptors, including bald and golden eagles.

From his Wild Animal Encounters Inc, program came the unique Christian outreach program Creatures of Creation.

Dan has met many world known celebrities, politicians, corporate executives and fans.  In 2008 Dan visited with the President of the United States. This was Dan's second consecutive presentation at the White House where he shared his life's work and entertained George W. Bush.

Dan has made numerous television appearances including . . .





Flamingo Rising
Maurey Povich

Martha Stewart

The Jeff Corwin Experience
On the Record with
Greta Van Susteren

Fox News - Second Noah

Fox News - Hannity & Colmes

 CBS Morning Weekend Show

GMA Weekend Edition

In addition to television, Dan served as one of the lead animal trainers for three feature films:Most Vertical Primate, Most Extreme Primate Spymate and Little Big Foot.

Dan has worked with Jack Hanna, Director of Columbus Zoo Emeritus, Julie Scardina/Ginny Busch (Busch Gardens / Seaworld), Jim Fowler, and Peter Gros with Mutual of Omaha's "Wild Kingdom." Dan also filmed an episode of "The Jeff Corwin Experience" for Animal Planet on his facility in Naples FL.